Trump still sees June 12 Singapore summit with North Korean leader

Trump still sees June 12 Singapore summit with North Korean leader”

The meeting came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim.

"But as long as sanctions are there, Kim Jong-un can never deliver the kind of rapid economic growth he has promised for his people". He added that a summit held in Singapore on June 12 was still the tentative date.

Their quickly arranged meeting Saturday appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border: Moon wants to secure a summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war past year; Kim may see the sit-down with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.

Kim said the two Koreas should "positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-US relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace", KCNA added, saying South and North Korea would hold another round of "high-level" talks on June 1.

He revealed that Kim agreed to engage in "direct communication" with Washington to prepare for the newly resuscitated summit, but said that its fate still depends on future negotiations between the parties.

"Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean peninsula's denuclearisation and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted", Mr. Moon said.

Alex Brandon  AP
Alex Brandon AP

"Kim stressed again that he had a firm determination towards complete denuclearisation", Moon told reporters on Sunday.

In a regular press briefing, ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters that he expects that all relevant countries remain committed to resolving any issues involving North Korea through dialogue, saying the Seoul government will work hard to maintain momentum for talks. Kim and Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

However, there was a further signal of progress Saturday as White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed a team of USA officials were leaving for Singapore "in order to prepare should the summit take place". North Korea seized on that in a statement on Friday calling for talks with the U.S.

His remarks came nearly simultaneously with the announcement by Moon about his meeting with the North Korean leader.

Moon said he held Saturday's impromptu summit - the second summit between the two sides in a month - after Kim asked for a meeting "without any formality".

Saturday's meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a heavily fortified village that lies between the two countries where the 1953 armistice was signed.

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