SEOUL • A team of US officials crossed into North Korea yesterday for talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un, as both sides pressed ahead with arrangements despite the question marks hanging over the meeting.
Mr Sung Kim, a former US am-bassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his posting as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.
He crossed the line that separates the two Koreas to meet Ms Choe Son Hui, the North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister who said last week that Pyongyang was reconsidering the talks.
Mr Sung Kim and Ms Choe know each other well - both were part of the delegations that negotiated the 2005 denuclearisation agreement through the six-party framework.
The meetings are expected to continue today and tomorrow.
The team is focused on the substance of any summit between the two leaders - the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Trump confirmed on Saturday that working-level meetings were continuing.
"As you know, there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location which I won't name, but you would like the location," he told reporters in Washington.