Ahead of potential talks between the United States and North Korea, the USA has confirmed for the first time that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, according to an administration official.
In addition to back-channel discussions, American and North Korean officials have also met in a third country to hammer out the specifics for the unprecedented summit, CNN reported.
Since then, the North Korean leader has reaffirmed his commitment to discussing denuclearization as well as his willingness to hold summit talks with the South Korean and USA presidents.
The North has said it is willing to hold "candid" talks with the United States to bring about denuclearisation of the peninsula and normalise ties, although Mr Trump has called for more concrete steps toward denuclearisation before the meeting takes place.
Both sides have met several times in a third country to determine a location for the historic summit, United States officials told CNN.
The current target is late May or June, CNN quoted officials as saying.
Trump informed about the preparations to the meeting with the leader of the North Korea on March 9. North Korea had relayed that proposal to the U.S., according Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
The meeting at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom lasted for about three hours. "What we will see next is the exchanges of presidential envoys between the U.S. and North Korea".
Topping the agenda during the secret talks between the United States and North Korea was nailing down the location of the summit, with venues in a third country emerging as a strong candidate amid the skepticism about the meeting taking place either in Pyongyang or Washington.
Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital, has been also floated as a possible location of the summit, it said.