Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Trump says Korea talks "going along very well'"

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The two leaders met for two hours Saturday and "frankly" discussed how to make the U.S.

Yesterday Trump tweeted that talks were still be held between the U.S. and North Korea and the summit could still take place as scheduled.

On Friday, however, Trump said that the two countries are nevertheless engaged in "very productive talks" and the summit could still take place on June 12.

The fate of summit had been in a lurch since North Korea threatened to cancel the meeting due to the US-South Korean "Max" military drills.

The Singapore summit had been much-anticipated since March, when Trump announced that he planned to meet with Kim following a 2017 that saw the two leaders trading personal insults and nuclear threats with one another.

Saturday's meeting was only the fourth time - but the second in a month - that leaders from the North and South have met.

Moon's office said the president share details about the meeting at a press conference set for Sunday morning in Seoul.

South Korean officials released photos of the two leaders shaking hands and in embrace.

In April, former Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for a meeting with Kim-Jong un, declaring the two had built a "good relationship".


USA officials said the final straw for Trump came when a North Korean Foreign Ministry official called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and hinted that Pyongyang was ready for a "nuclear showdown" should diplomacy fail.

The negotiations come amid doubts over a potential landmark meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump.On Thursday, the White House called off a June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from Pyongyang.

He also added, "We're talking to them now".

Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this.

"We even inwardly hoped that what is called "Trump formula" would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue", he said, without elaborating.

At the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that "the diplomats are still at work on the summit" but declined to say whether he thought the event would take place on June 12.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday, that "we are working on plans going forward".

"Both sides still leave some maneuver for a discussion", Wang said Friday on a panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russian Federation.

A three-way summit was proposed by Moon and Kim when they first met at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27, Yonhap said.

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