Moon, Kim meet for 2nd summit

Moon, Kim meet for 2nd summit

Moon, Kim meet for 2nd summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in bids farewell to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he leaves after their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House on Saturday.

President Trump wrote to the North Korean dictator on Thursday, saying the June 12 summit was being nixed after comments by a North Korean official that had threatened nuclear war.

Politico magazine reported that an advance team of 30 White House and State Department officials was preparing to leave for Singapore later this weekend.

China's Vice President Wang Qishan found encouragement in the continuing exchanges between the USA and North Korea.

Less than a year after the two leaders traded threats of nuclear war, the back-and-forth over whether the summit will even happen reflects both Trump's lead-from-the-gut style of decision-making and North Korea's long-standing penchant for unpredictable behavior.

"We would like to make known to the USA side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time".

Kim and Moon met hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it's potentially back on.

"They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit", Seoul's presidential Blue House said in a statement, adding Moon would make a personal statement on Sunday morning.

He said "if necessary", it will be extended beyond that date.

South Korea's presidential spokesman responded that "we are cautiously optimistic that hope is still alive for U.S". Trump cited "open hostility" from the North as his reason for backing out.

Comments in North Korea's state media indicate Kim sees any meeting with Trump as an arms control negotiation between nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender his nukes. Trump rapidly tweeted that the statement was "very good news" and told reporters that "we're talking to them now".

Photos released by South Korea's presidential office showed Moon arriving at the North Korean side of the Panmunjom truce village and shaking hands with Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, before sitting down with Kim for their summit.

The meeting inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) dividing the two nations comes a day after the United States president said his summit with Pyongyangcould still go ahead. "We would like to do it", Trump said, and "they very much like to do it". He said Pyongyang was willing "to sit face to face at any time".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he respected and supported the U.S. president's move to cancel the summit while China, Pyongyang's sole major ally, urged the two foes to "show goodwill".

North Korea's fundamental position has not changed, even if its tone has.

North Korea also went ahead with a plan to destroy its only known nuclear site on Thursday, the most concrete action yet since pledging to cease all nuclear and long-range missile tests last month.

However, only a small group of worldwide journalists handpicked by Pyongyang were invited to attend the demolition at the Punggye-ri site.

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