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Donald Trump says summit with Kim Jong Un still on the cards

Donald Trump says summit with Kim Jong Un still on the cards

A team of USA officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday for talks to prepare for a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, as both sides press ahead with arrangements despite the question marks hanging over the meeting.

Mr Trump told reporters that they are still considering Singapore as the venue for their talks.

"Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean peninsula's denuclearization and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted", Moon said.

Moon, who brokered the summit between Washington and Pyongyang, likely used Saturday's meeting to confirm Kim's willingness to enter nuclear negotiations with Trump and clarify what steps Kim has in mind in the process of denuclearization, said Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification. So we're looking at June 12th in Singapore.

Saturday's Korean summit came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a Trump-Kim meeting. -North Korea summit on track, said he delivered a message of Trump's "firm resolve" to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation.

Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium.

Trump signalled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called it off last week, and a White House team was scheduled to depart for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit.

North Korean state media said the two leaders had had a "candid dialogue" and that Mr Kim had called for co-operation to "establish a mechanism for permanent and durable peace". "They very much want to do it".




Last year, Trump and Kim were trading war threats and insults after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and missiles it said were capable of reaching the United States mainland.

Moon met with Kim on the North side of the inter-Korean border, in the same village of Panmunjom where the two leaders held a summit in April.

"The thing he was uncertain about was not denuclearisation but concerns on whether he could trust that the U.S. would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The North has previously used the term to demand the United States pull out its 28,500 troops in South Korea and withdraw its so-called "nuclear umbrella" security commitment to South Korea and Japan.

Analysts have seen China's willingness to pressure North Korea as waning at a time when Beijing already is engaged in a trade dispute with Washington.

Trump then addressed the summit. Trump has since indicated that the meeting could take place, after all.

Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a rapid detente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang. At that meeting, they declared they would work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

On Saturday Moon said Kim reaffirmed his commitment to end his country's nuclear weapons program, but shared his key concern that the US would work to destabilize his rule despite any security guarantees it offers.


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