U.S., North Korean Officials Meet For Talks On Possible Summit

27 2018 by South Korea Presidential Blue House North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk after their meeting at the northern side of Panmunjom in North Korea

Their talks at the Panmunjom border village, which South Korean officials said lasted two hours, came after their April 27 meeting, the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade that was also held at the same venue.

Moon huddled with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday and he said the despot agreed that the historic summit should go off as planned.

Moon said Sunday that practical talks will be held between the USA and North Korea "very soon", and the outcome of those talks will dictate if the June 12 summit will go ahead. Under Trump, it is the United States that has become the rogue state, unwilling to listen to its allies whether the issue is trade, climate change or the destabilizing effect of moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place". "So we'll see what happens".

Just hours before Trump canceled the summit, a North Korean official slammed Vice President Pence over comments he made earlier that week and threatened to withdraw from the meeting.

Trump said "I'd rather not say" whether he has spoken with North Korea's leader. He urged Washington and Pyongyang to resolve their differences through "more direct and closer dialogue between their leaders".

Politico magazine reported earlier that an advance team of 30 White House and State Department officials were preparing to depart later this weekend.

"I think the two leaders will sit down and they're going to have a great time, because really they have the same personality", he said on Sunday.

The two Koreas planned to hold a meeting last week, but the North called if off at the last minute, taking issue with joint military drills between South Korea and the United States. We're talking to them now. Does the president say "denuclearization" and Kim tells his people it's "arms control"?

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Trump called off the meeting - scheduled for June 12 - on Thursday, citing recent threats from the North Korean leader.

"A USA delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, referring to a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea.

The Korean leaders' second summit in a month saw bear hugs and broad smiles.

After the meeting, South Korea's President Moon was upbeat.

China said it supports a meeting between Trump and Kim. North Korea is being sued by the parents of another former prisoner― Otto Warmbier―who have claimed that their son had been "brutally tortured and murdered" by the regime after being jailed there for roughly 17 months for stealing a poster.

The canceled North Korea summit now joins a host of other diplomatic reversals that tell the world the United States can no longer be taken at its word.

Sung Kim, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his posting as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

At their meeting, Moon and Kim also agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1 and to set up separate talks between their top generals and Red Cross officials to discuss how to ease military tensions and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

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