U.S., North Korean officials meet for talks on summit

Elias Hubbard
May 28, 2018

The Washington Post previously reported on the team entering into North Korea.

The president made the comments in a tweet on Sunday as United States officials arrived in North Korea and met their counterparts at the border village of Panmunjom.

"Unlike what the Failing and Corrupt New York Times would like people to believe, there is ZERO disagreement within the Trump Administration as to how to deal with North Korea.and if there was, it wouldn't matter".

Moon said North Korea and the United States will soon start working-level talks to prepare for the Kim-Trump summit.

Despite repeated references to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" by the North, it remains unclear whether Kim will ever agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that practical talks will be held between the USA and North Korea "very soon", and the outcome of those talks will dictate if the June 12 summit will go ahead.

At their first meeting on April 27, Kim and Moon first announced "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Trump.

The summit, which was initially scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, was abruptly canceled last week by Trump who, in a letter to Kim, cited hostile comments from top North Korean officials and concern about the country's commitment to giving up its nuclear weapons.

"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 at a news conference in Seoul.

"We hope that US leaders and government will focus on safeguarding world economic growth, safeguarding the interests of US consumers, and the business community, and will go in tandem with China to properly resolve Sino-US economic and trade relations", Lu said.

Lu stated that under the current situation, China hopes that the DPRK and the USA would cherish the progress achieved so far, maintain patience, exchange goodwill, and move toward each other.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un still meant to hold a meeting with the United States, breathing new life into the June summit that had been canceled earlier this week by President Donald Trump.

On Friday, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed "understanding" of the USA decision to cancel the meeting, saying, "It is meaningless to hold a summit if it does not bring about progress", according to Kyodo News.

Kim, in a telling line from a dispatch issued by the North's state-run news service earlier on Sunday, "expressed his fixed will on the historic (North Korea)-US summit talks".

Reporters were not notified of the summit beforehand and it was only attended by the two Koreas' incumbent and former spymasters: South Korea's National Intelligence Service Director Suh-hoon and Kim Young-chul, former chief of the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau. -North Korea summit, and the strongest sign yet that the two Koreas' leaders are trying to keep the meeting on track.

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 denuclearize the peninsula.

She has played a major public role in talks with the South and led the delegation to the Winter Olympics in February.

"We're talking to them now".

North Korea has faced years of economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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