Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Trump says 'productive' talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

Trump says 'productive' talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

The last time the two sides were scheduled to meet, the North Koreans never materialized and Trump scrapped the summit. Three thousand miles away in Singapore, a team of U.S. logistics officials arrived late Monday and was expecting the arrival of a corresponding team from Pyongyang.

The Friday statement from a top diplomat said Pyongyang regretted Washington's decision to nix the summit and said it was still willing to sit down with the United States. "We are talking to them now", he told reporters in Washington earlier Friday, saying the summit might proceed and "it could even be the 12th". Mr. Moon said Mr. Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

The Blue House's abrupt announcement of the two leaders' meeting Saturday stood in stark contrast to the highly choreographed summit in April.

"(Moon) could join President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore", a senior official with Moon's office told Yonhap news agency on condition of anonymity.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a US team had arrived in the North to make arrangements for the summit.

Cheong Wa Dae refused to confirm any details of the latest inter-Korean summit, saying President Moon himself will explain the outcome in a press conference from 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The statement was issued in response to Trump's abrupt cancellation of the June summit between the two countries in the US bid to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapon. But their quickly arranged meeting appeared to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border.

President Donald Trump is suggesting the potentially historic North Korean summit he had suddenly called off might be getting back on track.

"We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem (s) regardless of ways at any time", said Kim in comments published Friday by the country's state-run news agency KCNA. Moon said military generals and Red Cross officials from the Koreas will also meet separately to discuss how to ease military tensions and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

But in recent weeks the summit had been thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top USA administration officials and Pyongyang.

In a tweet, Trump the summit was "likely" to happen as scheduled June 12.

According to the statement, the two sides "exchanged their opinions" on among other things successfully conducting a US-North Korea summit, according to the statement.

US officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later. "But that's not all bad", said Max Baucus, a former Democratic senator from Montana who also served as US Ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017.

He did not detail the nature of the new US communication with the North.

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