SKorea Media: June 1 North-South Meeting Back On

SKorea Media: June 1 North-South Meeting Back On

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has met his South Korean counterpart just days after Donald Trump cancelled a planned summit with Kim.

Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, in a surprise move, spent two hours together at the truce village of Panmunjom, and had a candid discussion about the potential UN-North Korea meeting, Moon's office said in text message.

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

In a tweet Friday, Trump had said "very productive talks" were continuing on the North Korean summit.

The White House did not immediately respond to the latest North-South talks, 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 to prepare for a possible summit there.

The unexpected disclosure of the meeting by South Korea's presidential Blue House was in stark contrast to the highly choreographed summit in April, which was broadcast in real time around the world with great fanfare.

Moon will announce the outcome of his two-hour meeting with Kim on Sunday morning, officials said.

After he returns from Russian Federation on Sunday, Abe hopes to talk with Trump by phone and is expected to reaffirm trilateral cooperation with South Korea in dealing with the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile capabilities. Trump could envision Nobel laurels.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says there is "possibly some good news" about a U.S. He characterized the recent back-and-forth as the "usual give and take".

The two leaders met for two hours Saturday and "frankly" discussed how to make the U.S.

- The opening of the Trump-Kim summit depends on future negotiations.

Vice President Mike Pence made similar remarks in a Fox News interview earlier this week, suggesting North Korean leadership could end up like Gaddafi if the country does not denuclearize. But it did play the major role in organizing Pompeo's two trips to Pyongyang, once as Central Intelligence Agency director and once as secretary of state.

Trump cited hostile comments from top North Korean officials as his reason for scrapping the meeting, as well as concern about the country's commitment to giving up its nuclear weapons.

Trump told reporters Saturday that: "We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", adding that "there are meetings going on as we speak".

Bolton had suggested in April that the US could follow the "Libya model of 2003, 2004", in which Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi abandoned his nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief before being killed in 2011 during a USA -backed uprising.

Protesters rally to denounce the United States' policies against North Korea near the US embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 25, 2018.

He said, "The best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war".

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