Kim and Moon meet again amid shaky U.S. summit plans

Kim and Moon meet again amid shaky U.S. summit plans

"We're going to see what happens". If North Korea demands the talks take place on Kim's home court, Trump must refuse.

USA officials appeared to be pressing ahead in the belief that the summit remains on the table.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, said North Korea had not responded to repeated requests from US officials to discuss logistics for the summit.

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

"I think the relatively mild language of the North Koreans at this point in time, it really also makes them look more reasonable and sort of outshines the Trump administration and sort of offsets the erratic and kind of Trump's letter, his sort of stream of consciousness letter to cancel the meeting", she said.

The summit, the first time a sitting USA president had met a North Korean leader, would have focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions.

Donald Trump and brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un might be meeting, after all.

South Korea's presidential office said Saturday that the country's president Moon Jae-in held a meeting with his North Korea's counterpart Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone.

North Korea had sharply criticized suggestions by Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and Vice President Mike Pence that it could share the fate of Libya if it did not swiftly surrender its nuclear arsenal.

Washington has made it clear it wants to see the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of North Korea.

First, President Trump is personally invested in making a deal with Kim and securing a foreign policy win for the White House.

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"We remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the USA side time and opportunity", he said. Indeed, the diplomatic fallout from a collapse in talks could be so severe that Trump may feel politically he may have no choice but to strike with all the fallout-geopolitically as well as atomically-that comes with it.

Mr Trump added: "Everybody plays games". Trump cited North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" as his reason for canceling the summit.

Kim said Pyongyang's "objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged".

It appears that Kim's response was enough to satiate Trump, who said Friday that "it was a very nice statement they put out; we'll see what happens".

"We would like to make known to the USA side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time", Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Part of staying on those countries' good sides will include continuing to refrain from missile tests, which many anxious North Korea would resume with the summit cancelled, said Jenny Town, managing editor of 38 North.

A White House team was set to fly to Singapore this weekend to continue logistical planning for the meeting.

"They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US-North Korea summit", the Blue House said in a statement, adding further details would be released tomorrow morning.

Michelle Huete also marked up the president's letter, deciding to give Mr Trump a D for his efforts.

The senior USA official said the North violated a pledge to allow global inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the test site. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program.

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