President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that the U.S. is in direct talks with North Korea at “very high levels.”
The U.S. has “started talking to North Korea directly,” he said in Mar-a-Lago, adding, “We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels, with North Korea.” Apparently, senior U.S. officials have spoken with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs.
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“I really believe there is a lot of good will. A lot of good things are happening,” Trump explained to reporters. “We’ll see what happens. As I always say, we’ll see what happens. Ultimately, it is the end result that counts.”
He added that he sees a “great chance” to resolve the North Korea crisis.
News broke earlier in April that U.S. officials were engaging North Korean officials in direct talks ahead of the president’s planned meeting with Kim. There have reportedly been several hangups concerning the location, as well as certain North Korean demands.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet with Kim prior to the Trump-Kim summit. There are reports that a peace settlement that could finally end the Korean War may be on the table. The president says the North and South have his blessing to end the war and pursue a permanent peace.
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