Trump still sees Jun 12 Singapore summit with Kim


US President Donald Trump's cancellation of the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly caught South Korea's president by surprise, and he's called an emergency meeting at midnight, local time.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House on May 26, 2018.

It follows a second summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim who committed to sitting down with Mr Trump and to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that a possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held successfully, Mr. Moon told a news conference in Seoul.

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

Meanwhile, Trump spoke to reporters about the potential summit from the Oval Office on Saturday night, where he had gathered with lawmakers to celebrate the return of Utah man Joshua Holt, who had been jailed in Venezuela for almost two years and finally freed.

Asked if there is a plan to hold high-level inter-Korean talks to discuss follow-up measures to the April 27 summit agreement, the spokesman said that nothing has been determined. "We're looking at June 12 in Singapore".

Saturday's Korean summit came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a Trump-Kim meeting.

Moon said on Sunday: "Our journey to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a permanent peace agreement can not be stopped, and we have made a decision to cooperate closely".

The planned historic summit is a dramatic turnaround from President Trump pulling out of talks last week after a war of words with Mr Kim's regime
The planned historic summit is a dramatic turnaround from President Trump pulling out of talks last week after a war of words with Mr Kim's regime

Trump added: "We'll see what happens".

Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his June 12 meeting with Kim, citing "open hostility" from Pyongyang. During Saturday's inter-Korean summit, the Korean leaders agreed to "positively co-operate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-U.S. relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace".

However, the South Korean leader said Kim remained uncertain about USA pledges to protect the Kim regime.

An official at South Korea's presidential office says it was North Korea who reached out first.

Mr Moon said he told Mr Kim that Mr Trump has a "firm resolve" to end hostile relations with North Korea and initiate economic cooperation if Kim implements "complete denuclearisation". At that meeting, they declared they would work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. "That hasn't changed", the US leader said.

They agreed to have their top officials meet again on June 1. It allowed Moon to push for a U.S.

The agency said the two leaders had reached a "satisfactory consensus" and expressed "their stand to make joint efforts for the decentralization of the Korean peninsula". "I urge North Korea and the confirm each other's will by sharing their problems with each other and communicating directly".

Europe, China and India must engage the Koreas and keep the temperature, already lowered by a meeting between the leaders of South and North Korea, down.

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