US delegation extends stay in Seoul following summit preparation talks: Report


Sung Kim (left), a former chief US nuclear envoy, returns to a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29, 2018, after a meeting with North Korean officials at the truce village of Panmunjom.
Sung Kim (left), a former chief US nuclear envoy, returns to a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, on May 29, 2018, after a meeting with North Korean officials at the truce village of Panmunjom.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL - A US delegation tasked with preparing for a much-anticipated summit with North Korea has extended its stay in South Korea "for at least another day," CNN reported on Thursday (May 31).

Citing a source familiar with US-North Korea relations, CNN said the US delegation, led by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, is staying in Seoul but it is not clear if the meetings have been extended.

The US delegation and the team from North Korea led by Pyongyang's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui have been holding talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, apparently to discuss the agenda of the planned June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The two sides first held secret talks on Sunday and again on Wednesday in Tongilgak, a North Korean-controlled building in Panmunjom, reported Yonhap news agency.

In Singapore, the two sides have been in talks over security and logistical issues.

In New York, Kim Yong Chol, a vice central committee chairman of the ruling Workers' Party and a former spy chief, is meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

 

The flurry of talks come as the two sides are trying to salvage the summit, which was on the verge of collapse last Thursday when Trump walked away, citing "open hostility" from the North. Following the North's conciliatory gesture, Trump later suggested that the summit could happen as planned.