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Offbeat US and North Korean officials met Sunday to discuss implementing agreement between countries

00:56  02 july  2018
00:56  02 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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WASHINGTON — The United States and North Korea on Sunday kicked off an urgent, behind-the-scenes effort to resurrect a summit meeting between their two leaders by June 12, racing Mr. Moon said Mr. Kim wanted to discuss “ complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ” with Mr. Trump.

U . S . President Donald Trump met with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore, in the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States of America and

SINGAPORE - JUNE 12: U.S. President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as © Win McNamee/Getty Images SINGAPORE - JUNE 12: U.S. President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as "better than anyone could have expected." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A team of US officials led by envoy Sung Kim met with North Korean officials Sunday at Panmunjom, the border village between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone, senior State Department officials told CNN.

The talks were the first face-to-face conversations between the two countries since the summit last month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and were held to work on implementing the agreement reached between the two leaders, the officials said.

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In September 2005, immediately following the September 19 agreement , relations between the countries were further strained by US allegations of North Korean counterfeiting of American dollars.

The leaders of North and South Korea are meeting for the first time in more than a decade. The two leaders had meetings with officials , and then Kim and Moon took part in a symbolic tree-planting We hope and believe that the North and South Korean sides will be able to implement the consensus

Kim is the US ambassador to the Philippines and has been one of the key US officials dealing with the North Koreans leading up to the Trump-Kim summit.

National security adviser John Bolton said on CBS's "Face the Nation" earlier Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would communicate with the North Koreans in the near future about the dismantling of their weapons of mass destruction as well as their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Bolton said in the interview that if Pyongyang cooperated, the two countries could set out a path to dismantle the programs within a year and put the isolated nation of North Korea on target to receive sanctions relief.

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly," Bolton said. "And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly. Then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flower."

Pompeo told CNN late last month that he would not set a deadline for the denuclearization of North Korea and would "constantly reassess" whether enough progress is being made to continue negotiations.

CNN's Eli Watkins and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

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