U.S., North Korea in behind-the-scenes talks over third summit, Moon says

June 27, 2019


SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is in behind-the-scenes talks with North Korea over a possible third summit and has proposed reviving working-level negotiations stalled since a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in February, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday.

Trump said on Wednesday he would not meet with the North Korean leader during his trip to Asia for the G20 summit, which will include a visit to South Korea at the weekend.

“But I may be speaking with him in a different form,” he told reporters before heading to Asia. He did not elaborate, but a White House official said he may have been talking about exchanging more letters with Kim.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a recent exchange of letters between Trump and Kim boosted hopes for a restart of talks, calling it a “very real possibility.”

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