CNN reported on April 7 that the United States and North Korea already had several meetings to prepare for their upcoming summit and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proposed a summit in Pyongyang during the meetings, expressing his will to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. This is the first time that North Korea expressed its will to do so to Washington not via China or South Korea but via its politician.
According to the report, the meetings were held between former CIA director and incoming State Secretary Mike Pompeo and North Korean intelligence officials not only in the United States but also in a third country.
During the meetings, they focused on where to hold the summit and the North Korean officials suggested Ulaanbaatar as well as Pyongyang while the United States included Switzerland in its options. The North Korean leader stressed that he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula and both sides are going to determine the date and agenda after determining the place. The date is expected to be late May or June.
According to CNN, every determination is to be made by the former CIA director, new NSC adviser John Bolton and NSC Asia director Matthew Pottinger on the U.S. side. The South Korean government mentioned nothing about the meetings between Washington and Pyongyang.