US Delegation in N.Korea for Talks on Preparations for Summit


A hand-picked delegation of USA officials have crossed into North Korea to hold talks on preparations for a possible summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The much-hyped meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will seemingly take place in Singapore next month on the same date as previously planned before the surprise cancellation that emerged from the White House on Thursday.

In an interview with Dana Bash, Clapper spoke on the letter Trump sent to Kim declaring the cancellation of a planned summit between the two leaders, originally slated for June 12.

"If North Korea and the US are to have a summit, then their summit is possible only after they confirm each other's intention on that regard", Moon said.

The meeting would be the culmination of diplomatic efforts that began this year to defuse what had threatened to become a military confrontation between the nuclear-armed communist North and the South. "It's moving along very nicely", Trump said.

They were still "looking at June 12 in Singapore, that hasn't changed", Trump said at the White House Saturday.

Several officials including the former US ambassador to South Korea flew to North Korea, according to reports.

"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself", he said. Kim expressed hopes to meet for candid dialogue, reported Yonhap, to which Moon agreed.

This brought a bitter war of words between Mr Trump and the North Korean leadership.

It said the Americans met with North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday in a statement, "The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place".

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US Delegation in N.Korea for Talks on Preparations for Summit

"I told Chairman Kim that if he decides and put into practice a complete denuclearization, President Trump is willing for economic cooperation and ending hostile relations", Moon said.

Trump's optimism that the June 12 summit in Singapore will still happen does not mean that it will, however, and even if all sides agreed to whatever it is they need to agree to, there might not be enough time left to get ready.

"It is precisely to avoid this fate that North Korea was determined to cling to its nuclear weapons".

"If we got that done and if we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it would be a great thing for North Korea", Trump added.

"I am urging (North Korea and the US) to exchange such intentions, and to confirm the counterpart's will through direct communications".

That revelation signals that Kim keenly wants the United States summit, and that Moon is happy to play the role of an intermediary between Pyongyang and Washington. -South Korean military exercises in the south. "The road to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace will never be easy", he said.

It will be the first encounter between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Joshua Holt, who was recently released from a prison in Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House, May 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Inter-Korean summits - only four of which have taken place thus far - could become regular events, Moon suggested.

"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 Friday night.

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