Secret talks being held between the U.S. and North Korea: Report

Talks between U.S. and North Korean officials have reportedly been held to lay the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Citing inside sources, CNN is reporting that “American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.”

The piece adds: “Once a location is agreed upon the officials said that the date will be set and the agenda discussed in greater detail.”

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In addition to these joint discussions, each side appears to be busy working on its own preparations. According to the Los Angeles Times, there has been heightened activity at the three key U.S. agencies—the CIA, Pentagon, State Department—in advance of a potential summit.

And last month, the North Korean leader took his first public trip out of the country to meet with the Chinese president, perhaps as a reminder of their strong bond.

Trump announced his agreement to meet with Kim and discuss the regime’s nuclear program in early March.

“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!” Trump tweeted in early March.