SINGAPORE, Senior North Korean and U.S. diplomats will hold talks in Singapore on Monday in a bid to come up with a draft agreement to be presented to the leaders of the two countries, according to officials.
Ambassador Sung Kim, the State Department's top Korea expert, will meet Choe Son-hui, the North's vice foreign minister, at the Ritz Carlton hotel at 10 a.m., according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
It comes the day before a historic summit between the communist nation's leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.
Choe and Kim already had several rounds of discussions at Panmunjom, along the inter-Korean border, that were reportedly focused on summit agenda items, including denuclearization and security assurance measures.
The working-level consultations are apparently aimed at making 11th-hour progress ahead of the summit since previous talks failed to narrow their differences over denuclearization methods and timetables.
The North's leader arrived in Singapore on Sunday, his first-known trip outside Northeast Asia since taking power in 2011.
He soon had a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana palace, during which he expressed gratitude for providing logistical support for the summit.
Kim was also quoted as saying that, "If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever."
On Monday morning, the North's state-controlled media broke their silence on his overseas trip.
The Korean Central News Agency said issues of mutual concern, related to the "changed era," will be on the agenda at the summit, including bilateral relations, peace and denuclearization.
Source: Yonhap News Agency