January 30, 2019 10:10
U.S. and North Korean officials are to start fine-tuning a joint statement as well as discussing security and protocol for a second summit, the National Intelligence Service here told lawmakers Tuesday.
NIS chief Suh Hoon and other officials told the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee that both the U.S. and the North are "very satisfied" with a recent meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, in Washington. Kim Yong-chol and Trump had in-depth discussions in a "friendly atmosphere," they added.
"North Korea's denuclearization will gain momentum as working-level talks are now at full throttle," said a lawmaker on the committee. But the venue is still undecided.
Meanwhile, the NIS said the North Korean charge d'affaires in Italy, Jo Song-gil, is still seeking asylum in the West, but contradicted press reports that Jo had been in charge of buying luxury goods for Kim Jong-un.
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