SKorea's Moon May Join US, NKorea at Summit

SKorea's Moon May Join US, NKorea at Summit

US President Donald Trump says his team has arrived in North Korea to arrange for his possible meeting with leader Kim Jung Un.

Trump said Saturday that conversations about a potential summit were "going along very well".

"Kim Jong Un definitely wants this meeting".

Trump tweeted a day after he and Kim separately expressed willingness to meet June 12 in Singapore as originally planned, after the US leader abruptly canceled the summit on Thursday, citing the North's "open hostility".

Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, also served as ambassador to South Korea and was part of the USA negotiating team that last held substantive denuclearization talks with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration in 2005. Pentagon official Randall Schriver was part of the U.S. team, the official said.

Moon, who returned to Seoul on Thursday morning after meeting Trump in Washington, told a news conference in Seoul that he delivered a message to Kim on Saturday of Trump's "firm will" to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation given that North Korea commit complete denuclearization.

"Should the North Korea-US summit succeed, I would like to see efforts to formally end the (Korean) war through a three-way summit of the South, the North and the US", Moon told a press briefing.

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"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", he said.

After welcoming home Joshua Holt, a US citizen rescued from Venezuela, President Trump signaled optimism about meeting the North Korean leader. He served as ambassador to South Korea from 2011 to 2014, then became special representative for North Korea Policy, a position that Yun later took over and that is now vacant.

North Korea has tested dozens of missiles of various types in the past two years, including one launch of its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, which is theoretically capable of hitting anywhere in the United States, on November 29. He added that he expected the practical talks and summit to go "very smoothly".

After North Korean officials, including Choe, lashed out at Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, Trump abruptly announced that he was cancelling the talks, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger". "And there's no more concrete sign that this is going forward than having that group of, that team of three, as reported by the Washington Post, sitting down with the North Koreans to hammer out those details", said Lee.

"The thing he was uncertain about was not denuclearisation but concerns on whether he could trust that the United States would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself".

He said on Saturday the USA was still considering the 12 June date for the summit in Singapore. So I think both sides have true incentives to sit down.

But Mr. Moon also made clear that any steps to dial back Mr. Kim's nuclear capabilities could come with strings attached.

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