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South Korea: Kim Jong Un is OK with 'complete' denuclearization

South Korea: Kim Jong Un is OK with 'complete' denuclearization

"Trump said preparation meetings are going on "as we speak in a certain location which I won't name", like the location, it's not very far from here".

Trump's letter to Kim canceling the planned June 12 summit didn't rule out a meeting in the future, said a person familiar with the administration's thinking. "We get that done and we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, that would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea, it would be great for Japan, it would be great for the world, it would be great for the United States, it would be great for China".

A U.S. delegation traveled to North Korea on Sunday for preparatory talks ahead of a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, three senior United States officials with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

President Trump Saturday suggested that the canceled Singapore summit with North Korea could happen after all.

"We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date", Trump tweeted.

"He. expressed his intention to put an end to the history of war and confrontation through the success of the North-US summit and to cooperate for peace and prosperity", Moon told reporters in Seoul on Sunday.

On Saturday Moon said Kim reaffirmed his commitment to end his country's nuclear weapons program, but shared his key concern that the USA would work to destabilize his rule despite any security guarantees it offers.

Moon and Kim held talks in the demilitarised zone separating their two nations on Saturday in a scramble to save the June summit.




A separate US team led by Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff in the White House, is organizing logistics with Kim Chang Son, who is effectively the North Korean leader's chief of staff.

At their first meeting on April 27, Kim and Moon first announced "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Trump.

Trump's unpredictability sparked a sudden and surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in - only the fourth time leaders from the two countries have ever met - as they scrambled to get the talks back on track.

Moon, who returned to Seoul on Thursday morning after meeting Trump in Washington in an effort to keep the U.S.

Korea summit an opportunity to make substantial progress on North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

Both Pyongyang and Washington are pressing ahead on plans for a meeting between the two leaders after Trump pulled out of the scheduled June 12 summit on Thursday, only to reconsider the decision the next day.

Moon said he held Saturday's impromptu summit - the second between the two sides in a month - after Kim asked for a meeting "without any formality".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea seized on that in a statement on Friday calling for talks with the U.S.


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