Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

Trump to meet Abe before 'expected' Kim summit

The meeting at a border truce village came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between President Trump and Mr Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw the United States leader cancel the highly anticipated meeting, before saying it is potentially back on. We're looking at June 12 in Singapore.

South Korea on Saturday welcomed the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea after President Trump cancelled talks with Kim Jong Un only to suggest they might still take place.

The White House team will be led by Joe Hagin, who is deputy chief of staff for operations.

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

Trump tweeted Sunday that a US team was in North Korea to work on the possible summit.

President Trump's back-and-forth over his summit plans with Mr Kim has exposed the fragility of Seoul as an intermediary.

Top Trump aides, including national security adviser John Bolton, have told the President that even a cursory meeting with Kim would amount to a diplomatic victory and allow for more substantive talks to occur in the future.

On May 16, North Korea criticized US national security adviser John Bolton, who had called for North Korea to quickly give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that would mirror Libya's abandonment of its programme for weapons of mass destruction.

In his letter, Trump warned Kim of the United States' greater nuclear might, reminiscent of his tweet past year asserting that he had a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.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. Previous talks between U.S. and North Korean officials - including two meetings between Kim and Pompeo - have failed to yield clarity on the denuclearization issue.

Trump on Thursday scrapped the summit after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by US officials demanding unilateral disarmament.

"What Kim is unclear about is that he has concerns about whether his country can surely trust the United States over its promise to end hostile relations (with North Korea) and provide a security guarantee if they do denuclearization", Moon said. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program. Sanders, his spokeswoman, told Fox News on May 15: "This is the President Trump model". "We're going to see what happens".

Trump tweeted Friday morning, a day after he withdrew from the June 12 summit.

Kim had requested a meeting with Moon to clarify what the "Trump model" meant, Yonhap news agency of South Korea reported, citing an unidentified foreign affairs source.

She referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" for his earlier comments on North Korea and said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

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