As the governments of North Korea and the United States continue negotiating towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it turns out that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un requested the US send “famous basketball players” to help normalise relations between Pyongyang and Washington, ABC News reports, citing two US government officials.
"While we did not reach an agreement with the DPRK [North Korea] at Hanoi, we exchanged detailed positions and narrowed the gap on a number of issues", a State Department official said.
Pyongyang also requested an exchange of orchestras between the two countries, the media outlet added.
The February summit in Hanoi witnessed the stalling of denuclearisation talks between the United States and North Korea.
An agreement was expected to be signed at the second summit, but Trump walked away from talks after Kim demanded the full removal of sanctions imposed on North Korea without pledging to denuclearise the sites that the United States had specified.
Meanwhile, Trump has expressed confidence that a denuclearisation deal with North Korea is still possible, despite the reports about Pyongyang’s latest missile tests.