Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

U.S. team arrives in N.Korea to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

U.S. team arrives in N.Korea to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Saturday.

In his turn, Donald Trump, the U.S. President, stated that he made a decision to cancel the meeting with Kim Jong-Un, which was to be held in Singapore on June 12.

"We two leaders agreed the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit must be successfully held", he said.

Trump had called off the meeting on Thursday before backtracking a day later, saying the summit could still take place.

Kim and Moon reportedly discussed the denuclearization agreement the two leaders signed when they first met at the border last month, according to a statement released by South Korea's presidential Blue House, as well as the potential summit with Trump.

"Both leaders exchanged opinions. for the successful holding of the North Korea-US summit", it added, saying that Mr Moon would announce the outcome of the talks on Sunday morning.

Kim Jong-un's younger sister Kim Yo-jong, who attended the first inter-Korean summit on April 27, escorted Moon before the summit.

She referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" for his earlier comments on North Korea. and said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown". He also hailed North Korea's response as positive.

Later, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea canceled the new meeting with South Korea authorities.

- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered his intention to have a meeting (with me) on Friday.

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North Korea's state media reported after the meeting that Kim expressed his "fixed will" for a "historic" summit between North Korea and the United States.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters diplomats were "still at work" and said Mr Trump had just sent a note out on the summit, which could be back on "if our diplomats can pull it off".

After he returns from Russian Federation on Sunday, Abe hopes to talk with Trump by phone and is expected to reaffirm trilateral cooperation with South Korea in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile capabilities.

"Even though they share the same resolve, there need to be discussions regarding the roadmap for how to make it happen, and that process could be tough", he said, declining to define "complete denuclearisation".

Despite the letter, Trump maintained Friday that Washington was having "productive talks" with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting.

Moon's talks with Trump supposedly included a specific way for the USA to give security assurances to Kim and possible economic rewards when Pyongyang complies with denuclearization.

His letter followed comments from a senior North Korean official, Choe Son Hui, in which she described United States vice president Mike Pence as a "political dummy" and appeared to threaten the USA with nuclear war.

At an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan said such a summit was necessary to ensure security on the Korean peninsula, which touched on China's core interests.

In 2003, Moammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program in return for sanctions relief, and eight years later was overthrown and brutally killed by rebel forces. "We would like to do it", Trump said, and "they very much like to do it".

Donald Trump's letter to Kim Jong-Un.

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