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Kim Jong-Un insists to meet with Trump in Pyongyang

The United States and North Korea are holding secret, direct talks ahead of the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the media reported.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is ready to taking nuclear weapons off the peninsula when he sits down with President Trump this spring, according to a report.

North Korean officials have told their USA counterparts that leader Kim Jong Un is open and ready to talk about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the officials, the North Koreans are pushing to hold the meeting in Pyongyang, although it was unclear whether the White House would be willing.

South Korea had conveyed a message from Kim indicating his willingness to pause his nuclear program during talks, but the US had not previously confirmed Kim's intentions directly from North Korea.

Last month, a New York Times report said that the Central Intelligence Agency was taking the lead in preparing for the Trump-Kim summit.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his USA and North Korean counterparts, reported Korea Herald.

The talks between intelligence officials are laying the groundwork for a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, in advance of the leaders' summit.

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South Korea's presidential office said on Sunday (April 08) while they can not confirm whether such secret talks have been taking place, it is a certainly a "good sign" in paving the way for what would be the first summit between North Korea and the US.

"It's a natural step in the right direction".

China and Russian Federation are both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which has imposed sanctions on North Korea in a bid to force negotiations with Pyongyang.

She added, "But we're going into this very cautiously, very much knowing that he's looked at the Iran deal, he's seen what he can get and he's seen how he can push through loopholes, and we're not going to let that happen again".

Speaking at Duke University in North Carolina, Haley said, "When the president ends up speaking with Kim, the conversation has to be about denuclearizing".

The date of the meeting remains unknown.

The working-level talks began on Saturday morning at a facility on the North side.

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