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South Korea's Moon Jae In makes a point to Kim Jong Un at their surprise Saturday confab

South Korea's Moon Jae In makes a point to Kim Jong Un at their surprise Saturday confab

The summit, which was initially scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, was abruptly canceled last week by Trump who, in a letter to Kim, cited hostile comments from top North Korean officials and concern about the country's commitment to giving up its nuclear weapons.

The South Korean president also said a trilateral meeting with Trump and Kim would likely be in the cards should the upcoming bilateral summit be deemed a success.

Speaking at the White House on Saturday, Trump said: "It's moving along very nicely". In an apparent reference to this move, Moon said United States and North Korean working-level officials would be discussing the agenda of the summit. He added that a summit held in Singapore on June 12 was still the tentative date. That hasn't changed. It's moving along pretty well. The team was led by Sung Kim, a former ambassador to South Korea, who was to hold talks with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, the newspaper said. The meetings are expected to go through Monday and Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

But South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that the reclusive North Korean leader is indeed committed to a full denuclearization of the peninsula, after the two leaders gathered in an impromptu meeting Saturday in hopes of jump-starting diplomatic talks once more.

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".

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.

Moon is the only South Korean leader to have met a North Korean leader twice, both times in the DMZ, a symbol of unending hostilities after the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

In a conciliatory statement Friday aimed at getting the summit back on track, North Korea said it favoured a "Trump formula" to resolve tensions and praised the president for agreeing to meet Kim.

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In addition to the border talks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said a "pre-advance team" left for Singapore on Sunday morning (local time) to work on logistics for a possible summit. Associated Press/Alex Brandon Moon says his meeting with Kim was arranged at Kim's request. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for USA officials.

Abe is considering visiting the United States for a summit with Trump before heading to Canada where leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations will gather on June 8 and 9, according to government sources.

She has also served as a nuclear negotiator and led the USA affairs division in the North Korean Foreign Ministry until being promoted to vice foreign minister this year. "But he wants to give off this perception that he's this open leader, that he's peaceful, that he's reasonable".

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"He's kind of gotten where he needs to be", Hayden said. "He's willing to park the auto for now and then go talk".

North Korea has tested dozens of missiles of various types in the past two years, including one launch of its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, which is theoretically capable of hitting anywhere in the United States, on November 29.

The leaders exchanged views on how to prepare for the North's possible summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South Korean presidential office said.

Trump's letter to Kim canceling the planned June 12 summit didn't rule out a meeting in the future, said a person familiar with the administration's thinking. "A lot of people are working on it". "I am hopeful that Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo will brief and engage Congress. It's about keeping Americans and the world safe".

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