White House team to go to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit prep

27 2018 by South Korea Presidential Blue House North Korean leader Kim Jong Un center left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in right walk after their meeting at the northern side of Panmunjom in North K

President Trump said on Friday that the summit might even be held on the originally scheduled date of June 12. He said there is a "lot of good will" and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would be "a great thing".

Trump's unpredictability sparked a sudden and surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in - only the fourth time leaders from the two countries have ever met - as they scrambled to get the talks back on track.

In a letter to Mr. Kim on Thursday, Mr. Trump had said he was cancelling the planned Singapore summit, citing North Korea's "open hostility".

"He. expressed his intention to put an end to the history of war and confrontation through the success of the North-US summit and to cooperate for peace and prosperity", Moon told reporters in Seoul on Sunday.

Mr. Moon said he held Saturday's impromptu meeting, the second summit between the two sides in a month, at Mr. Kim's request. Korea summit an opportunity to make substantial progress on North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues. He said he expects the talks to go smoothly because Pyongyang and Washington both know what they want from each other.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added.

She also said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

However, the South Korean leader said Kim remained uncertain about USA pledges to protect the Kim regime.

(LEAD) South Korea vows to faithfully implement summit agreement with NK

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump's policy of separating children, parents at border "would shock Jesus" MORE is denying reports of "disagreement" within his administration on its strategy on North Korea.

The official says the North also reneged on a pledge to allow worldwide inspectors to monitor the supposed demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday.

"However, during the U.S".

Image: Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in embraced at the surprise summit.

South Korea was caught off guard by Trump's abrupt cancellation of his summit with Kim, with the USA president citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.

A senior South Korean official later said that the two Koreas are discussing a possible non-aggression pledge and the start of peace treaty talks as a way of addressing Pyongyang's security concerns ahead of U.S. DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Video and a photo released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on Saturday showed Mr. Kim hugging Mr. Moon and kissing him on the cheek three times as he saw Mr. Moon off after their meeting at Tongilgak, the North's building in the truce village, which lies in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the 2.5-mile (4 km) wide buffer that runs along the heavily armed military border.

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