Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Meeting "Moving Along Nicely"

Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Meeting

"We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date", Trump tweeted Friday night.

Trump said a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could still take place June 12 in Singapore. If we got that done, and if we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea.

Prior to Kim and Moon's meeting, Trump suggested that his summit with North Korea may still go ahead.

"It's moving along very nicely", Trump told reporters late Saturday when asked for an update.

Trump said meetings were ongoing and they were still "looking at June 12 in Singapore, that hasn't changed".

Trump added: "We'll see what happens".

Mr Kim, in a telling line from a dispatch issued by the North's state-run news service earlier on Sunday, "expressed his fixed will on the historic (North Korea)-US summit talks".

Pictures showed them shaking hands and embracing on the North Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two nations.

During his two hour meeting with Kim, Moon said he urged both Washington and Pyongyang "to remove misunderstandings through direct communication and to have sufficient dialogue in advance through working-level negotiations on the agendas to be agreed upon at the summit".

Worldwide journalists were present, but the US government can't verify the site's destruction.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, May 27, 2018.

Despite the cancellation of the summit, the North Korean government responded with some restraint, saying: "The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse".

U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 26, 2018.

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.

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.

Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his meeting with Kim, citing "open hostility" from Pyongyang.

The second meeting between Kim and Moon in as many months reflects urgency among both men to maintain momentum for diplomacy.

"If North Korea and the US are to have a summit, then their summit is possible only after they confirm each other's intention on that regard", Moon said. At that meeting, on the south side of the border, the two leaders jointly declared their support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Relations between the two Koreas had chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in regular military exercises with the United States and insisting that it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved.

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