United States team arrives in N.Korea to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

United States team arrives in N.Korea to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

United States team arrives in N.Korea to prepare for Trump-Kim meeting

While expressing regret over the cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit, President Moon has called for the two countries' leaders to communicate directly to rekindle the momentum for denuclearization talks.

An US advance team led by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin could still head to Singapore to prepare for the summit between the American and North Korean leaders that was canceled on Thursday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. "(Cheong Wa Dae) is carefully watching the progress".

The publication published an article Friday on the rescheduling of the summit set to take place between North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore. His tweet Sunday afternoon, which offered praise for the longtime USA adversary, was the latest signal that his concerns about the North's stance toward the summit had been allayed.

The summit planned for Singapore would have been the first time a sitting U.S. president had met a North Korean leader.

North Korea claims it dismantled its only known nuclear test site last week, detonating explosives and collapsing tunnels as a group of worldwide journalists watched the destruction.

China's Foreign Ministry said it hoped the June 12 summit can happen as planned and be successful. Mr. Kim ordered the complex to be finished by April 15, 2019 to mark the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.

Trump scrapped the meeting in a letter to Kim on Thursday after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials demanding unilateral disarmament. Kim has said a formal end to the hostilities, along with a pledge from the US not to attack his nation, would essentially eliminate Pyongyang's need for a nuclear arsenal.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Mattis said diplomats are working to get the summit back on track.

Trump announced on Thursday that he was cancelling the planned meeting with Kim, which had been slated for June 12 in Singapore.

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The White House said Trump and Abe spoke Monday.

"They very much want to do it; we'd like to do it", he said.

By Friday, North Korea had issued a statement saying it was still "willing to give the US time and opportunities" to reconsider talks "at any time, at any format".

"Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea", Trump wrote Friday morning on Twitter.

The leaders of the states have signed the Panmunjom Declaration for peace, prosperity and unity in the Korean Peninsula.

Top Trump aides, including national security adviser John Bolton, have told the President that even a cursory meeting with Kim would amount to a diplomatic victory and allow for more substantive talks to occur in the future.

Pictures released by the Blue House showed Moon shaking hands with both Kim and his sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South, including leading a delegation across the border during February's Winter Olympics.

At their April summit, Kim expressed his willingness to scrap his country's nuclear program - which would include its nuclear weapons - and pursue meetings with the USA and China.

That meeting was just the third inter-Korean summit and the first in 11 years. Trump could envision Nobel laurels.

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