The announcement came a day after Trump's administration revealed that North Korea has confirmed that it was willing to discuss denuclearisation with them. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.
The communications, still at a preliminary stage, have involved State Department officials talking to North Korea, apparently through its United Nations mission, and intelligence officers from both sides using a separate back channel.
". hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the denuking of North Korea".
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Delury said that the US should want Kim to feel confident going into these talks, rather than feeling cornered.
The confirmation from Pyongyang directly has created more confidence within Trump's administration about the wisdom of holding such a meeting.
He's scheduled to hold summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, followed by a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump as early as May. It followed reports from unnamed United States administration officials that the USA was in contact with North Korea in preparation for the talks. Last year, Trump threatened to bring "fire and fury" on Kim's country if it continued its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.
The United States military now has about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea and has built a huge base south of Seoul partly to get out of range of North Korea's conventional artillery.
Kim visited Beijing last month to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping - the first time Kim has left the North since assuming power in 2011.