Trump still sees Jun 12 Singapore summit with Kim

Trump still sees Jun 12 Singapore summit with Kim

South Korea Pesident Moon Jae-in said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was committed to a summit with US President Donald Trump and complete denuclearisation.

"(Kim Jong-un) stated his intention to end the history of confrontation and war through a successful US-North Korea summit, and to cooperate for peace and prosperity", Moon said.

"What is unclear to Chairman Kim Jong Un is not the will for denuclearization, but the concern that if (North Korea) denuclearizes, whether the United States can end hostile relations and guarantee the security of the (Kim) regime", Moon said.

Moon said Sunday that practical talks will be held between the U.S. and North Korea "very soon", and the outcome of those talks will dictate if the June 12 summit will go ahead. "But there's a reason no other president has done it, and I think that part of the reason why it hasn't happened in the past is because there are expectations that go along with a political benefit to North Korea", Town said. The person, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters, said the "maximum pressure" campaign to strangle North Korea's economy is working, and Kim's regime will have to come to the table eventually. "It's moving along very nicely", the president continued, adding: "So we're looking at June 12th in Singapore".

Experts were more skeptical however. And everyone agrees on a work program that they give to their staffs that moves the Korean Peninsula in a direction of being more stable, more transparent, less prone to war.

Sung Kim, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, is helping to make preparations, the Washington Post reported. He has had the summits with Moon and Xi, as well as two meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"We remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we can for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the USA side time and opportunity".

He said Washington's decision to cancel the talks demonstrated the extent of the animosity between the North and the USA and that leaders of the two countries desperately needed to meet to resolve the hostile relations. Their last meeting on April 27 was held on the South side.

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

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In addition to the team on North Korea that Pompeo set up previous year when he was Central Intelligence Agency director, he has now enlisted veteran USA diplomat Sung Kim to help in the process, a senior United States official said.

The South Korean president also revealed that the two sides agreed to hold stalled high-level inter-Korean talks on June 1, and to hold military and Red Cross talks in succession.

The South Korean president, who is playing something of a mediator role in the talks, was optimistic after his meeting at the weekend, his second in a month with Kim Jong Un. Pentagon official Randall Schriver was part of the US team, the official said.

When Moon was asked whether Kim supported the US definition of denuclearization - which is an irreversible, verifiable giving-up of nuclear arms - Moon said that's up to Washington and Pyongyang to work out.

The visit by the USA delegation was first reported by the Washington Post later on Sunday. A video released by the South Korean presidential office had the audio replaced with dramatic music, showing the two men embracing, both with wide smiles.

In a tweet Friday, Trump had said "very productive talks" were continuing on the North Korean summit.

The White House said Sunday that USA negotiators are in North Korea preparing for a potential meeting with their counterparts.

So with the summit in Singapore possibly back on, President Moon pledged to call or meet with his North Korean counterpart whenever necessary.

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