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Kim Jong Un has still met with Trump, South Korea



Seoul (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reiterated his commitment to "completing" the Korean peninsula's denuclearization and scheduled meeting with US President Donald Trump, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday [196592002] In Washington, Trump signaled that preparations for the summit were progressing with Kim.

Moon and Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that a possible North Korea US summit must be held successfully, Moon said at a press conference in Seoul.

"Chairman Kim and I agreed that the June 12 summit should be successful and that our pursuit of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a perpetual peace regime should not work". This was the last dramatic twist in a week of diplomatic ups and downs that reflected the prospect of an unprecedented US-North Korea summit and the strongest sign that the two Korean leaders are still alive (1

9659002) A statement by the North Korean state news agency KCNA states Kim had "expressed his firm will" that he could meet Trump as planned.

Moon, returning to Seoul after meeting with Trump in Washington on Thursday morning to keep the high-level US North Korea summit on course, said he had delivered a message of Trump's "firm will", the enemy's relationship with quit After claiming that Kim has dedicated herself to denuclearization, Moon acknowledged that Pyongyang and Washington have different expectations of what this means, and he called on both sides to hold talks at work level to solve their problems

In a letter to Kim on Thursday, Trump said he would break off the planned Singapore summit and cited North Korea's "open hostility."

But on Saturday, Trump said he was still dating June 12 for a summit in Singapore, adding that the talks went very well.

"We are very good at the summit with North Korea," said Trump in the White House. "It's moving very well, so we're going to Singapore on June 12, it has not changed, so we'll see what happens."

A team from the White House will travel to Singapore as planned this weekend To prepare for the possible summit, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday.

The Trump Administration calls for this North Korea completes its nuclear weapons program completely and irreversibly. Kim's and Trump's initial decision to meet was followed by months of war threats and insults between the leaders about the program.

"BETTER THAN A TELEPHONE CALL"

Moon said he had held the impromptu meeting on Saturday, the second summit between the two sides for a month, at Kim's request.

"Chairman Kim requested a meeting without formalities two days ago, and I gladly accepted it," Moon said, noting that the summit had met the leaders' earlier arrangements to meet more often

. " One meeting was held because officials from both countries thought a face-to-face meeting would be better than a phone call, "Moon said.

Their talks in the border village of Panmunjom, which were made by South Korean officials lasted two hours, came after their meeting on April 27, the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade, also held at the same venue. At the meeting, they said they were working towards a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and a formal end to the Korean War of 1950-1953.

The KCNA statement said Kim and Moon had agreed to hold high-level talks between their two nations June 1, and to take action to quickly implement their efforts to denuclearize the peninsula. KCNA said the leaders also agreed to meet frequently.

The agency said the two leaders had reached a "satisfactory consensus" and "expressed their views on a joint effort to decentralize the Korean peninsula"

Kim is committed to denuclearization, North Korea is unconvinced to be able to trust the security guarantees of the United States.

"However, during the US-South Korea Summit, President Trump has clearly stated that we can see not only the end of hostile relations but also economic cooperation if North Korea becomes denuclearized," Moon said. "I urge North Korea and the US to confirm their mutual will by sharing their problems and communicating directly with each other."

A senior South Korean official later said that the two Koreas are discussing a possible non-aggression patent and starting the peace talks to address Pyongyang's security concerns ahead of negotiations between the US and North Korea.

The video and a photo of South Korean President Blue House on Saturday showed Kim hugging Kim and kissing him three times on the cheek saw Moon after their meeting in Tongilgak, the building of the North in the Ceasefire Village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ ) – the 4 kilometer wide buffer that runs along the heavily armed military border.

Moon is the only South Korean leader to have twice met a North Korean leader, both times in the DMZ, which is a symbol of endless hostilities between nations after the Korean War ended in a ceasefire in 1953, not a peace treaty

(Additional coverage by Soyoung Kim, Choonsik Yoo and Jeongmin Kim in SEOUL edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan)


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