Trump Reaffirms Commitment to Meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore

Kim Yong Chol vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 25 2018

North Korea "inwardly highly appreciated" Trump for agreeing to the summit, and hoped the "Trump formula" would help lead to a deal between the adversaries, First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement Friday urging the resumption of talks.

Moon and Kim held a surprise summit in the Demilitarised Zone separating their two nations on Saturday in a scramble to save the slated June 12 summit between North Korea and the U.S. in the city-state of Singapore.

Moon reiterated a goal to hold a trilateral summit with both Trump and Kim to officially end the Korean War if their meeting is successful.

"We have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other USA presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit", Kim Kye Gwan's statement said.

Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his June 12 meeting with Kim, citing "open hostility" from Pyongyang.

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Trump was quoted as saying by Reuters at the White House.

"It's moving along very nicely", Trump told reporters late Saturday when asked for an update.

"We're looking at June 12 in Singapore".

"Should the North Korea-US summit succeed, I would like to see efforts to formally end the (Korean) war through a three-way summit of the South, the North and the US", he said.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as North Korean General Kim Yong Chol looks on during the inter Korean summit in the Peace House building in the truce village of Panmunjom

A White House team will leave as scheduled for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Echoing the Trump administration, a top spokesman for the Japanese government vowed that Tokyo would maintain pressure on North Korea, which has proved to threaten the island nation directly.

"Chairman Kim requested a meeting without any formality two days ago and I gladly accepted it", Mr. Moon said, noting that the summit was in line with previous agreements for the two leaders to meet more often.

North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said the Korean leaders had agreed to "high-level" talks between the two countries on June 1.

The prime minister said he plans to hold talks with Trump over the telephone soon after returning to Japan.

Moon was speaking in the wake of the surprise talks he held with the North's leader on Saturday near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.

The agency said the two leaders had reached a "satisfactory consensus" and expressed "their stand to make joint efforts for the decentralization of the Korean peninsula". "South Korea summit, President Trump clearly emphasized that we may see not only the end of hostile relations but also economic cooperation if North Korea denuclearizes", Moon said.

The main dispute between the USA and North Korea boils down to how fast Kim should give up his weapons, and what he'll get in return.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim's summit with Trump on a track. Hostilities ended with an armistice in 1953, and a permanent peace treaty has never been signed.

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