White House team to go to Singapore for summit preparation

Trump says he's still looking at June 12 Singapore for Kim summit 'that hasn't changed'

President Donald Trump canceled a June 12 summit with Kim this week, then told reporters Friday he's still open to a meeting.

"They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it", he stressed.

The KCNA statement said Kim and Moon agreed to hold high-level talks between their two nations on June 1, and to take steps to quickly implement their efforts to denuclearise the peninsula.

These developments, combined with a surprise meeting Saturday between Kim and South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, rekindled hopes of progress toward halting the North's nuclear weapons program.

Amid continued uncertainty over whether or not a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in the coming weeks, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House is still sending a pre-advance team to Singapore to prepare.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on May 26, 2018.

South Korea, which brokered the talks between Washington and Pyongyang, was caught off guard by President Trump's abrupt cancellation of the summit citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.

Trump had earlier indicated the summit could be salvaged after welcoming a conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks.

"Very productive talks" are underway between the USA and North Korea over reinstating a summit in June, Donald Trump has said.

Mr Trump's aides had warned that merely agreeing to the summit had provided Mr Kim with long-sought global legitimacy and, if Mr Trump ultimately backed out, he risked fostering the perception that the president was insufficiently committed to diplomatic solutions to the nuclear question. They met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister, the Post said.

References to Libya have angered North Korea.

South Korea and the United States should work together to stop Kim from separating the diplomatic tracks and being able to "triangulate between the allies", Mount said. "Kim's main concern is that he needs to be able to have trust that the US will surely ensure regime guarantee after they completely denuclearize", Moon told reporters at the Blue House in a press conference broadcast live Sunday morning.

Much ahead of Choe Son-Hui's warning, Kim Kye-Gwan, North Korea's first foreign minister threatened to scrap the summit if the US forces North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.

Although the precise agenda was unclear, it was expected that the two leaders would discuss ways of reducing tensions and denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

"We're giong to see what happens, we're talking to them now". He urged Washington and Pyongyang to resolve their differences through "more direct and closer dialogue between their leaders".

"No, we'll see what happens, it could even be the twelfth".

Mr Pompeo previous year assembled a working group at the Central Intelligence Agency called the Korea Mission Center, which gradually assumed the lead role in talks with the North Koreans, and the group's director, a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency official with deep experience in the region, became the main USA interlocutor with Pyongyang.

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