Korean officials talk in North's capital to set up summit

Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang North Korea during a 2018 Easter weekend trip in this undated image

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Moon briefed Trump on his plan to send a special envoy to Pyongyang on Wednesday to meet Kim.

"It's worth the gamble for Moon to make bold demands to try to get North Korea back on track in nuclear negotiations with the United States, but current signs indicate the North won't budge", said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The team includes National Intelligence Service head Suh Hoon and Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung.

It will be Chung's second trip to North Korea in less than six months as he headed the same five-member delegation to Pyongyang in early March.

"The delegation will set off for North Korea on the fifth via the direct route on the western side of the Peninsula, and they'll return to the South the same day".

The South's President Moon Jae-in Sunday named his top security adviser as a special envoy to the North to discuss details before Moon's planned meeting in Pyongyang with Kim Jong-Un.

Ju oversaw the launch of North Korea's Unha 2 long-range rocket in 2009, which he watched alongside then leader Kim Jong Il, Yonhap news agency said.

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Moon and Kim have met face-to-face twice now, the first during a historic summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom in April.

Trump called off a planned visit to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month, citing insufficient progress in denuclearization.

A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country's nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday (Sept 4).

Moon and Kim have since agreed to hold a third summit in Pyongyang at an unspecified date in September.

North Korea is said to have demanded a timely quid pro quo for its denuclearization efforts while the USA has repeatedly vowed to maintain maximum sanctions on the impoverished North until it completely denuclearizes.

At the summit the pair reached a vague agreement to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but there has been little movement since.

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