Korea leader says Kim wants to meet with Trump

North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

She was referring to talks over the weekend between USA and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas and a White House logistics team's discussions with North Korean counterparts in Singapore.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in the rivals' surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

DETROW: Well, this is the latest indication that the summit might be inching back toward more on than off. President Trump confirmed this this morning, saying this high-ranking North Korean official is on his way to NY.

Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Abe as saying that the two leaders had agreed to cooperate to make the summit between the USA president and North Korean leader meaningful.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced that President Donald Trump will host a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe June 7, a week before the Singapore summit. As you look at the moves by North Korea, do you think they are serious about getting rid of their nuclear weapons?

Since then, North Korea has rejected USA demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme that experts say could threaten the United States.

He is still eager to meet next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and to talk about dismantling that country's nuclear weapons program.

Deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin is also traveling in Singapore with a team to plan for logistics. 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. North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Moon said Sunday that the North's disarmament could still be a hard process even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don't differ over what "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula means.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have been holding a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. Pyongyang has rejected unilateral disarmament and has always couched its language in terms of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating, including a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation by the US, appeared to be paying off as the two sides engaged in their most substantive talks to date about the meeting. -North Korean summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war previous year.

Abe stressed that the global community should be united to solve North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

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When Kim Chang Son was asked by a reporter at Beijing airport if he was flying to Singapore for talks with the United States, he said he was "going there to play", according to footage from Nippon Television Network. He's a longtime Korean intelligence official with past involvement in many violent acts, and now he's heading to the U.S.

Kim Yong Chol will be the most senior North Korean official to meet top officials for talks in the United States since Jo Myong Rok, a marshal, met then-President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000. -North Korea summit on track.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials including Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to Manila, were heading to the border village between the two Koreas, where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.

Since the President's May 24th letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans have been engaging. Trump wrote in a tweet, hailing the formation of a "great team" for the talks.

Pyongyang, with an ill-equipped conventional military force, has long regarded its nuclear arsenal as principal means to counter "U.S. hostility" and ensure its regime's security. It's not because it is offended at talk of a "Libya model".

"Washington's concept of complete denuclearization targets all of the North's programs related to its fissile materials, nuclear production, enrichment, storage and research facilities", a government researcher said, declining to be named. "He's going to run this the way he sees fit".

The Agency "Yonhap" reported that South Korean President moon Jae-In may join the summit in Singapore.

In his most recent meeting with Pompeo, Kim struck a defiant tone, saying at a luncheon that North Korea's willingness to enter into talks was "not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from the outside".

But Trump accompanied the cancellation with a letter to Kim that mixed tough language with an nearly beseeching plea to get things back on track.

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