Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Kim Jong Un Still Committed To Meeting With Trump, South Korea Says

Moon told reporters on Sunday that Kim "again made clear his commitment to a complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", and told the South Korean leader that he's willing to cooperate to end confrontation for the sake of the successful North Korea-U.S. summit.

That two-hour meeting was the latest remarkable diplomatic chapter in a roller coaster of developments on the Korean peninsula.

Trump told reporters on Saturday night that meetings were taking place "as we speak" in an unidentified location to push ahead with the summit, which he abruptly canceled last week due to "open hostility" from North Korea.

In Washington, Trump administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that an advance team of White House and Department of State officials would leave for Singapore this weekend, as originally scheduled, to prepare for a possible summit there.

His remarks came nearly simultaneously with the announcement by Moon about his meeting with the North Korean leader. He added that a summit held in Singapore on June 12 was still the tentative date.

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North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said the Korean leaders had agreed to "high-level" talks between the two countries on June 1. Associated Press/Alex Brandon Moon says his meeting with Kim was arranged at Kim's request.

"Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you", he added, addressing Kim. The person, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters, said the "maximum pressure" campaign to strangle North Korea's economy is working, and Kim's regime will have to come to the table eventually.

Their quickly arranged meeting Saturday appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border: Moon wants to secure a summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war a year ago; Kim may see the sit-down with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies. "That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens".

On Saturday pictures showed Moon and Kim shaking hands and embracing on the North Korean side of the demilitarised zone separating the two nations.

Kim also "expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks", KCNA added, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.

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