Trump says North Korea summit talks may continue after 'productive talks'

Trump says North Korea summit talks may continue after 'productive talks'

Trump says North Korea summit talks may continue after 'productive talks'

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

Trump on Friday night said the historic June summit with Kim could go ahead following talks between the two countries.

Kim and Moon met hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it's potentially back on.

"The two leaders candidly exchanged views about making the North Korea-U.S. summit a successful one and about implementing the Panmunjom Declaration", South Korea's presidential spokesman said in a statement, referring to an April 2018 announcement in which both men pledged to work toward achieving peaceful and prosperous inter-Korean relations.

Moon said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

The demolition came as the North lobbed another verbal salvo at Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

The White House was unhappy about what it considered to be a "trail of broken promises" by North Korea - including failure to show up for summit preparatory talks and complaints about the latest US-South Korean joint military exercise.

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.

The summit was originally scheduled in a surprise development after months of escalating threats and insults between the two leaders after North Korea's multiple tests a year ago of nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles which it claimed were capable of reaching the USA mainland.

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Cheong Wa Dae, however, declined to elaborate further and said details of the summit would be revealed Sunday by President Moon himself.

"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place", Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

Trump eventually pulled the plug on talks in a personal letter to Kim on Thursday.

Trump, in his letter to Kim, objected specifically to a statement from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official.

The Moon-Kim meeting, which came Just days after Trump canceled his planned June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore, was unexpectedly announced after it had already wrapped up.

However, both President Trump and Kim Jong Un, said they were open to continue the talks, which largely center around the permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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

Dozens of worldwide journalists left North Korea on Saturday after observing the demolition of the underground tunnels in Punggye-ri, where all of the North's six nuclear tests were conducted including its latest and largest in September.

The comments reflected a broadly shared perception inside the White House and State Department that the two leaders still want to get together and there will be a meeting eventually.

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