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South Korea's Moon Jae-in may join Trump, Kim for Singapore summit

28 May, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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President Donald Trump said on Sunday a USA delegation arrived in North Korea to "make arrangements" for the summit with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for US officials.

Mr Trump withdrew from the planned summit last week, but quickly announced it could get back on track.

Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled the planned summit with Kim, but he later said the United States and North Korea were having "very productive talks".

Trump hinted at US economic assistance to North Korea, saying he believes the country "has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".

"I told Chairman Kim that if he decides and put into practice a complete denuclearization, President Trump is willing for economic cooperation and ending hostile relations", Moon said.

In a tweet on Sunday night, US President Donald Trump confirmed the meetings in the North Korean part of Panmunjom, a "truce village" in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas. It was led by Joe Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his posting as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

A separate United States team led by Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff in the White House, is organising logistics with Kim Chang Son, who is effectively the North Korean leader's chief of staff. They allowed Moon to push for a U.S.

Terry pointed to the North Koreans' rare "warm" response to Mr. Trump's cancellation of the summit.

Kim may see a meeting with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.

In addition to those talks, the White House said a "pre-advance team" left for Singapore - where the summit has been expected to take place - on Sunday morning to work on logistics.

Leading senators from both parties on Sunday scoffed at the notion that Kim would bargain away North Korea's nuclear deterrent, with some warning that his regime may seek significant concessions from the Trump administration in exchange for promises of arms reduction well into the future.

It will be the first encounter between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader. All photos are provided by Cheong Wa Dae with watermarked photos taken by North Korea's state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA). In his Sunday press conference, Moon said that the meaning of denuclearization was a question the US and North Korea needed to decide without South Korea's help.

They agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1. Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of defense for East Asia and one of the officials who accompanied Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang earlier this month, also is in Seoul at the moment.

A surprise meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in occurred Saturday on the North Korean side of the shared inter-Korean area of Panmunjom.

American officials are sceptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal.

"We're seeing that commitment from North Korea and South Korea". The North hasn't openly repeated those same demands after Kim's sudden outreach to Seoul and Washington.


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