IT’S ON: White House Says Trump-Kim Summit ‘EXPECTED’ for June 12

Kim Jong-un committed to complete denuclearisation, says Moon Jae-in after North-South 'surprise' summit

Kim Jong-un committed to complete denuclearisation, says Moon Jae-in after North-South 'surprise' summit

The Washington Post reported that the U.S. delegation to the Panmunjom meeting - in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea - was led by Sung Kim, a former United States ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North.

Trump views the meeting as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn't serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program.

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. Some U.S. critics suspected Clinton was angling for a hasty foreign policy triumph in his last months in office. But their quickly arranged meeting Saturday appeared to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border.

After the second meeting this month, Pompeo returned to Washington with three Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea's mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" that will "make the USA taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now".

A senior figure in the North Korean regime was en route to the us on Wednesday, and Russia's top diplomat was preparing to visit Pyongyang as diplomatic preparations for a historic nuclear summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un gathered pace.

Pentagon official Randall Schriver was also part of the US team, along with Allison Hooker, a Korea expert on the White House National Security Council, the USA official said.

While the China stopover may be simply explained by the lack of a direct route between North Korea and the US, the destination of NY was a shift from an original plan to go to Washington, D.C. It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.

A surprise meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in occurred Saturday on the North Korean side of the shared inter-Korean area of Panmunjom.

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"But to achieve the complete denuclearization (of the North) may take more time than expected", he added, pointing to a complicated disarmament process that may call for the dismantlement of Pyongyang's "past, present and future" nuclear arms. Pyongyang has rejected unilateral disarmament and has always couched its language in terms of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

US officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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.

American officials are skeptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal. First of all, I think the visit of Kim Yong Chol to the United States is very significant.

The U.S. has yet to confirm any details. The group included US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, and is a clear sign the summit between the two leaders is back on track.

Nevertheless, North Korea has shown surprising flexibility in its conciliatory response to Trump. A few days ago, US officials said North Koreans stood them up for preliminary meetings.

A "pre-advance" team of USA officials has also travelled to Singapore to meet with North Koreans there, the White House said.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a USA team had arrived in the North to make arrangements for the summit.

Moon said the Pyongyang regime reaffirmed its commitment to give up its nuclear weapons but had its own security concerns if it took that step.

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