SINGAPORE – US and North Korean officials held talks on Monday in a late bid to narrow differences before leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump hold a summit in Singapore aimed at finding ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

The two leaders arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

There is still no clear clarification on the issues over denuclearisation and what it would entail for the two countries, the countries have been enemies since the Korean War in 1950-1953 and leaders from both states are pushing for the agenda to be addressed before the meeting happens on Tuesday.

KCNA state run news agency for North Korea said that the two sides would exchange “wide ranging and profound views” to reset relations and KCNA called the summit as part of a “changed era”.

KCNA said the discussions would address “the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern.”

Mike Pompeo US Secretary of State in Singapore, tweeted that Washington was “committed to the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

A Trump official also commented that both sides are going into the talks with sense of optimism and scepticism because of North Korea’s long history of developing nuclear weapons.

The official said, “We will not be surprised by any scenario.”

Photo Credit- Stamford Advocate

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