Trump-Kim summit back on track, Moon says after secret meeting

With all eyes on next month’s on-again, off-again summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim reiterated his commitment to the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and to a Trump sit-down, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday, a day after his secret meeting with Kim at the two Koreas’ border.

 

Moon’s remarks at a televised news conference came almost simultaneously as Trump said negotiations over the potential summit with Kim that he had canceled last week were “going along very well.”

 

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Trump’s comments at the White House followed the second Kim-Moon summit in just under a month Saturday at the truce village of Panmunjom, where the pair held their first meeting on April 27.

 

In his address, Moon said Sunday that Kim had “once again made clear his will for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and “expressed his willingness to end the history of war and confrontation, and cooperate for peace and prosperity through a successful summit with the United States.”

 

Trump administration officials said they had been informed of the extraordinary two-hour meeting in advance, and indicated they remained open to a summit between Trump and Kim.

 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also announced Saturday morning that a logistical team bound for Singapore, led by Trump’s deputy chief of staff, Joe Hagin, will leave in order to prepare if the summit will take place.

 

 Mintaro Oba, a former State Department official who worked on North Korean issues, said he interpreted the moves “not as a confirmation that June 12 is on, but as a way to try and make the return to the summit a sort of public fait accompli.”

 

Analysts have said remarks by White House national security adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence urging a “Libya-style” coerced denuclearization of the North had amplified lingering concerns by Kim about his regime’s safety.

 

Reference: Trump-Kim summit back on track, Moon says after secret meeting

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