Kim Summit: Meetings between US, North Korean officials rev up

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as North Korean General Kim Yong Chol looks on during the inter Korean summit in the Peace House building in the truce village of Panmunjom

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as North Korean General Kim Yong Chol looks on during the inter Korean summit in the Peace House building in the truce village of Panmunjom

-North Korea summit, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Significant differences, however, remain - especially over the USA and North Korean definition of "complete denuclearization". "[Moon] could join President Trump and Kim in Singapore", a senior official told Yonhap.

Of the countries seeking to influence negotiations with North Korea, Japan has remained the most hard-line, consistently calling for complete and immediate denuclearisation as well as the removal of all missiles and biological weapons.

On Monday, veteran American diplomat Sung Kim led an American delegation to Panmunjom at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) for talks with North Korean officials.

Andrew O'Neil, an expert on North Korea and a professor at Griffith University in Australia, called the visit a "significant development".

He has played a central role in the recent thaw in relations between the North and South Korea, as well as the United States. It is unclear to what degree the two sides are willing to compromise.

Kim's trip the US could be to reciprocate Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visits to North Korea.

"What's more important than anything from the latest inter-Korean summit was that the leaders easily got in contact, easily made an appointment and easily met to discuss urgent matters, without complicated procedures and formalities, just like a casual meeting", Moon said Monday, according to Reuters.

South Korean media broadcast footage of U.S. embassy vehicles, including one carrying Sung Kim, leaving a Seoul hotel on Tuesday but there were no details on whether the convoy was heading back to the DMZ.

Confirming the news, Trump said that meetings were under way about the summit "and more".

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Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realising the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator.

Trump said Sunday that a US team was in North Korea to work on plans.

The issue is central in determining whether the US-North Korea meeting succeeds, and whether Moon is an effective facilitator, said Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser and nuclear negotiator with the North.

The general was also one of the welcoming party for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent visit to Pyongyang, and his planned trip to Washington is thought to be a reciprocal gesture.

His journey to the U.S. would cap a frenetic few days of meetings between North Korean and American officials.

During that period North Korea ramped up its hacking programmes, including a hugely costly penetration of Sony Pictures that was seen as an attempt to stop the release of an American comedy film poking fun at the Kim Jong Un regime. The party's statement also said that Kim Yong-chol deserved "death by beating" and called on the government to block the visit.

South Korean media also reported that a North Korean delegation arrived in Singapore on Monday night for likely summit preparations with US officials.

"That [summit] will help, but I don't think that President Moon and Kim Jong-un can talk about the detailed technical issues that are vital".

Kim Yong Chol's visit to Washington sees the North and the U.S. expand ongoing working-level talks, amid speculation that a previously-canceled DPRK-U.S. summit may still go ahead. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. Moon has insisted he can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees.

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