Seoul: North Korea committed to U.S. summit, denuclearization

Kim Jong-un committed to complete denuclearisation, says Moon Jae-in after North-South 'surprise' summit

The delegation of the DPRK is composed of eight people.

"The United States continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit with leader Kim in Singapore".

Some U.S. officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later.

"We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means", South Korean President Moon Jae-in' spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said, according to The Washington Post's Anna Fifield.

"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo has travelled to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, twice in recent weeks for meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve.

Kim, known as the young leader's right hand man, will become the highest North Korean official to visit the U.S.in almost two decades.

On Wednesday, the North Korean delegation in Singapore, headed by Kim Chang Son, a senior official at the State Affairs Commission, made contact with Joe Hagin, the deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House.

The North Korea Leadership Watch website described Kim Yong Chol as sarcastic, hard to work with, and somewhat independent because it said he is "not properly deferential to his superiors".

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North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim Jong Un is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the global legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. A US delegation traveled to the country over the weekend to discuss the possible meeting.

Abe said what's important is that a US-North Korea summit leads to significant progress in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile issues and, most importantly, abductions of Japanese nationals.

Photos released by South Korea's presidential office showed Moon arriving at the North Korean side of the Panmunjom truce village on Saturday and shaking hands with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, before sitting down with the North Korean leader for their summit.

Kim Yong Chol previously was chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a top North Korean military intelligence agency, and has spent almost 30 years as a senior member of the intelligence community.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced that President Donald Trump will host a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe June 7, a week before the Singapore summit.

The reports indicate that planning for the historic summit, initially scheduled for June 12, is moving ahead after Trump called it off last week.

Analysts believe the USA side will be seeking to determine whether North Korea is willing to agree on sufficient steps towards denuclearisation to allow a summit to take place.

A Reuters witness saw Kim Yong Chol at Beijing International Airport, but did not observe him board a flight. But he repeatedly refused to answer questions on the specifics of how North Korea would relinquish its nuclear weapons or if they would allow worldwide experts to inspect nuclear facilities.

In principle, Kim is prohibited from traveling to the USA under Washington's sanctions against Pyongyang.

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