Trump, Kim signal fresh hopes for derailed North Korea summit

28 May, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Kim Jong-un committed to complete denuclearisation, says Moon Jae-in after North-South 'surprise' summit

The two leaders reiterated hopes for a successful North Korea-US summit after US President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a meeting between the two countries planned for June 12 in Singapore.

Mr Trump told reporters that they are still considering Singapore as the venue for their talks.

"Following up from the Panmunjeom Declaration, Chairman Kim again stated his will for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Moon said at a press conference on his meeting with Kim.

After meeting with Trump in Washington on Thursday, the South Korean president returned home and held a surprise in-person meeting with Kim on Saturday in the demilitarized zone.

Trump in a letter to Kim last week cancelled the summit, planned for June 12 in Singapore, and called his withdrawal a "tremendous setback".

On Friday, the North released a statement saying Kim still hoped to meet with President Trump "at any time".

"We are doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Trump said.

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President Donald Trump said Saturday that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month is still on.

Trump said his decision was based on the "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed" by North Korea officials recently over USA demands that Pyongyang follow the Libya denuclearization model.

Moon said that the USA has an understanding of the North's sincerity toward denuclearization talks, highlighting that the two countries agreement to hold a summit shows that Washington has confirmation of Kim's intentions.

Mr Kim, in a telling line from a dispatch issued by the North's state-run news service earlier on Sunday, "expressed his fixed will on the historic (North Korea)-US summit talks".

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 chose to cooperate closely".

Mr 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.

"The thing he was uncertain about was not denuclearisation but concerns on whether he could trust that the U.S. would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself". Kim Jong Un knows his program inside and out.

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Trump then addressed the summit.

North Korea sees that model for rapid and complete denuclearization as a threat to the Kim government's security, since Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi was later overthrown and killed by his own people, with support from a multinational military coalition that included the U.S. Trump has since indicated that the meeting could take place, after all.

But even though he was confident of Kim's intentions, Moon admitted that difficulties likely lie ahead.

The meeting was the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic ups and downs surrounding the prospects for an unprecedented summit between the United States and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the leaders of the two Koreas are trying to keep the on-again off-again meeting on track.

The prime minister said he plans to hold talks with Trump over the telephone soon after returning to Japan.

Moon said the Pyongyang regime reaffirmed its commitment to give up its nuclear weapons but had its own security concerns if it took that step. Mr Trump said things were "moving along very nicely". At that meeting, on the south side of the border, the two leaders jointly declared their support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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