Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Moon to announce outcome of 2nd summit with Kim

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Elsie Buchanan | 28 May, 2018, 05:13

South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang.

Hopes for a lasting peace in the Korean peninsula are not entirely dashed following President Trump's tweet late Friday that the next month's talks with North Korea in Singapore could be back on after "productive talks" between the two countries.

"We even inwardly hoped that what is called [the] "Trump formula" would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side." he said, adding that this would have been a wise way of attempting to reach a settlement.

After years of tension over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, Kim and Trump agreed this month to hold what would be the first meeting between a serving USA president and a North Korean leader.

However, North Korea said it was still willing to talk "at any time in any form" after Trump's cancellation of the summit.

He also told reporters Friday that "everybody plays games" and said: "They very much want to do it, we want to do it, we'll see what happens". "We would like to do it", Trump said, and "they very much like to do it". "We'd like to do it".

Trump, speaking Friday to graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy, did not mention North Korea directly, but he stressed the United States' military might.

Trump's letter issued a veiled threat to Kim, saying: 'You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray they will never be used'. Moon's Blue House then said that it was "carefully watching the progress" and that "it's a fortunate thing that the possibility of the North Korea-U.S. dialogue is still alive without being terminated".

Late Thursday, President Moon Jae-in had expressed "profound regret" at Trump's decision to cancel.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert cast the fast-moving developments as simply "twists and turns" in the process. The presidential Blue House did not immediately provide more details. In March, apparently acting on impulse, Trump agreed to the talks with Kim after only limited input from aides.

The surprise meeting highlighted Moon's efforts to get the historic summit back on track, and showed inter-Korea relations are in a far better state than those between Washington and Pyongyang.

"We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the USA and resolve issues anytime and in any format", North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement.

Unlike last month's summit, which was held in front of live TV cameras, Saturday's meeting took place in utmost secrecy, with reporters only being told after the face to face had taken place.

As the date drew nearer, however, a gulf in expectations between the two sides became apparent.

"The results of the talks will be announced by the president at 10 am tomorrow".

Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrent until it feels safe from what it terms U.S. aggression.

Nothing that North Korea borders Russia, Putin said resolution "is of critical importance, especially when the situation is on the brink of war".

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