The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said Seoul’s intelligence chief Suh Hoon and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol have been in close communication since the April 27th summit. Last Friday, Suh and Kim were discussing how to prepare for the North Korea-U.S. summit, and how to improve inter-Korean relations as part of the follow-up measures to the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. During that process, the North Korean official relayed Kim Jong-un’s desire for the leaders of the two Koreas to hold an informal and candid meeting.