North Korea Summit pre-advance team to leave for Singapore: White House

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2018

Trump later tweeted that the summit, "if it does happen", will likely take place on June 12 in Singapore as originally planned.

The North and South Korean leaders met for the second time on Saturday to discuss Kim Jong Un's on/off summit with President Donald Trump. She says they were "really excited about the possibility of finally ending the threat of nuclear war on their border, very enthusiastic about a different approach. We'd like to do it".

-North Korea summit at a previously unannounced meeting Saturday, South Korean officials announced.

The agency said the two leaders had reached a "satisfactory consensus" and expressed "their stand to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"Moon Jae-in is acting decisively to keep his people safe from war", said Adam Mount, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists.

But the North's Vice-Foreign Minister, Kim Kye-gwan, then struck a more conciliatory tone, calling Mr Trump's decision "unexpected" and "extremely regrettable".

USA officials argue that the administration has already won a great deal from North Korea, including a moratorium on missile testing and the release of three American prisoners, without giving up anything in return. But North Korea responded later that evening expressing a willingness to talk to the any point. When he met with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, last month and invited him to Pyongyang, he asked Mr. Moon to fly there because North Korea's roads and trains were in such "embarrassing" condition.

Trump appeared to have taken South Korea by surprise when he canceled the meeting Thursday; Moon convened a late night emergency meeting with the country's leadership to "figure out what President Trump's intention is and the exact meaning of it", a spokesperson for the South Korean president told reporters.

A senior White House official said the North had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit, including a pledge to allow worldwide inspectors to monitor its explosive destruction of its nuclear test site.

Moon and Kim were joined by South Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon, who served as presidential envoy to North Korea, and Kim Yong Chol, senior North Korean official in charge of relations with South Korea, video clips show.

"Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting", Trump wrote in his letter to Kim.

White House sends an advance team to Singapore to work on logistics for a possible United States-North Korea summit. "We'd like to do it", Trump said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis adding to the sense of diplomatic whiplash...

US State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams declined to give details of any diplomatic contacts but said: "As the president said in his letter to Chairman Kim, dialogue between the two is the only dialogue that matters".

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