Kim makes first official mention of talks with America

Kim Jong Un reportedly willing to discuss denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump on Monday extended the timetable for his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the summit might not happen until early June.

Kim gave his "profound analysis and appraisal" of the prospects for North Korea-U.S. dialogue at a meeting of the Politburo of the ruling party's Central Committee, the Korean Central News Agency reported. South Korea has recently acted as an intermediary for the two rival administrations, though it has praised recent direct contact as positive.

He said the two sides will discuss the denuclearization of North Korea and expressed hope for an improvement in ties.

But the North had remained publicly silent since its leader's invitation to talks was delivered to Trump by South Korean officials last month.

The confirmation from Pyongyang directly, rather than from third countries like South Korea, has created more confidence within Trump's administration about the wisdom of holding such a meeting, as USA officials make secretive preparations.

Kim's remarks on Monday break that public silence, although he did not specifically refer to a summit with Trump.

'Hopefully it will be a relationship that will be much different than it has been for many, many years'.

The confirmation follows what seems to be weeks of backchannel diplomatic efforts between the United States and the North Korean government, with the US effort being led primarily by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Over the weekend, even American officials said they had received equivalent assurances right from mature North Korean counter parts.

North and South Korea are also slated to meet April 27 for a summit of their own.

Trump has said that Kim is suddenly interested in talking with the outside world because of his "maximum pressure" campaign against the North Korean leader. Prior to that, Washington had relied mostly on South Korea's assurances of Kim's intentions.

No specifics have yet emerged concerning the date or venue, with a 3rd country such as Mongolia or Sweden reportedly under consideration to host the talks.

News of the possible thawing of tensions come after experts warned talks could have "unimaginable" results should Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un fail to resolve their nuclear tension.

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