Moon to announce outcome of 2nd summit with Kim

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. He did not confirm how the meeting was arranged or which side asked for it.

Trump and his team weathered insults, tolerated unanswered phone calls and waited hours for negotiating partners who never showed up as they sought to keep the planned Singapore summit with Kim on track.

Comments in North Korea's state media indicate Kim sees any meeting with Trump as an arms control negotiation between nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender his nukes. "It's moving along very nicely. That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens".

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said an advance team of White House and U.S. State Department officials would leave for Singapore on schedule this weekend to prepare for a possible summit there.

Kim and Moon have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump.

As the date drew nearer, however, a gulf in expectations between the two sides became apparent.

"All the efforts I am making now are aimed at improving the South-North Korea relationship on one hand, but on the other hand, they are also aimed at holding the North Korea-U.S. summit that is absolutely needed to improve the South-North ties", Moon said.

In the latest talks, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to hold talks whenever necessary, Moon told the press conference.


A US official told Reuters that Sung Kim, the former USA ambassador to South Korea, would lead an American delegation to meet North Korean officials at the border.

- The two leaders agree to hold high-level inter-Korean talks on June 1.

On Thursday, Trump cancelled the summit that was due to take place in Singapore, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from Pyongyang in recent days. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by Nato-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program.

But North Korea responded Friday by saying it was willing to talk to the United States "at any time" - a reaction Trump welcomed as "warm and productive".

Despite the letter, Trump maintained Friday that Washington was having "productive talks" with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting. Moon's Blue House then said that it was "carefully watching the progress" and that "it's a fortunate thing that the possibility of the North Korea-U.S. dialogue is still alive without being terminated".

- Kim hopes the Trump summit will "end the history of confrontation".

News of the cancelation drew mixed reactions from South Korean political parties Friday. During the talks Kim and Moon pledged "no more war", as well as the common goal of the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. He made a quick decision to accept the meeting in March, over the concerns of many top aides, and has remained committed, even amid rising concerns about the challenges he faces in scoring a positive agreement.

Unlike last month's summit, which was held in front of live TV cameras, yesterday's meeting took place in utmost secrecy, with reporters only being told later that the face-to-face had taken place.


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