White House still a go on planning trip for North Korea summit

White House still a go on planning trip for North Korea summit

White House still a go on planning trip for North Korea summit

Two days after President Trump canceled his June 12 meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a surprise summit that appeared to indicate both leaders' strong appetite for continuing diplomacy involving the United States.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement that President Moon Jae-in met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for two hours from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m.

- Trump says he is looking forward to June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore.

In a text message sent to reporters, presidential chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said the leaders of the two Koreas held a two-hour meeting at Panmungak, a North Korean building inside the border village of Panmunjeom.

South Korea's presidential office said Moon will personally announce the outcome of Saturday's summit with Kim on Sunday.

Kim and Moon also agreed on Saturday to hold high-level talks on June 1 and to "meet frequently in the future", according to the North Korean report.

In previous, failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

"They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US-North Korea summit", the Blue House said in a statement, adding further details would be released tomorrow morning.

The reason he did so was the fact that North Korea was displeased with military training conducted by the US and South Korea.

While the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program, Pyongyang had always couched its language in terms of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Pelosi said the meeting "takes preparation, this takes knowledge, this takes judgment, and clearly it takes preparation, which the president didn't make". "Chairman Kim is anxious about whether he can trust that the USA will end the policy of hostility and guarantee the stability of his regime" after denuclearization.

It was their second summit in the past two months. He then shook hands with Moon, which was the first-ever meeting between them after the Korean War ended in 1953. Donald Trump said that he was calling the much-anticipated meeting off, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility".

In their first summit in April, Kim and Moon announced vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Trump.

"Everybody plays games", President Donald Trump declared Friday as he suggested the potentially historic North Korean summit he had suddenly called off might be getting back on track.

Before he canceled the summit, Trump this past week did not rule out an incremental approach that would provide incentives along the way to the North.

The letter came less than 12 hours after a North Korean official criticized Vice President Mike Pence as "ignorant and stupid" and a "political dummy" for comparing North Korea's fate to the "Libya model".

-North Korea summit at a previously unannounced meeting Saturday, South Korean officials announced.

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