North, South Korean Leaders Vow To Meet ‘Frequently’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in left shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong center sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

South Korean President Moon Jae-in left shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong center sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Moon's government has worked for months to help set up the first meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the U.S., where he hoped Kim and Trump would resolve a decades-old dispute over the North's weapons programme.

The team is set to arrive in Japan on May 28 and will leave for Singapore the same day, according to the manifest.

Their quickly arranged meeting Saturday appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border: Moon wants to secure a summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war a year ago; Kim may see the sit-down with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies. Aides are cautiously optimistic this time will be different, even as they continue to express private misgivings about the compressed timeline to arrange the meeting.

Trump said Saturday that conversations about a potential summit were "going along very well".

With prospects dimming and aides increasingly skeptical, Trump at first clung to his plans to meet with the North Korean leader, seeking to pull off what the president saw as a history-making nuclear deal.

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.

Kim Jong Un, it appears, wasn't sure what to make of all of this.

The Trump administration is demanding that North Korea completely and irreversibly shutter its nuclear weapons program.




The meeting came about a month after the first inter-Korean summit took place at a South Korean building inside Panmunjeom. Yet, later, it was reported that the US and North Korea leaders will probably negotiate. The goal of the preliminary meetings includes drafting a communiqué for both leaders to approve at their historic meeting, the United States official said.

The meeting between Trump and the North Korean Leader have been in doubt as a result of the demands for the meeting to happen.

The welcome message came after Trump told reporters Washington and Pyongyang were talking and both sides want to have the meeting that was supposed to be held in Singapore.

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

Trump said Saturday during a meeting at the Oval Office that "we're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", and that "I think there's a lot of goodwill".

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

President Donald Trump says North Korea's latest statement on nuclear talks is "good news" and that "we will soon see where it will lead". "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. The two met on the northern side of the line.

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