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Saturday surprise: Korea leaders meet in un-announced summit

Saturday surprise: Korea leaders meet in un-announced summit

However, the USA president said later that conversations were underway with North Korea and a canceled summit with Kim Jong-un could go ahead on "the 12th", an apparent reference to June 12, the previously scheduled date of the meeting.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said earlier that he and North Korea's Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul.

"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place", Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

South Korea, which brokered the talks between Washington and Pyongyang, was caught off guard by President Trump's abrupt cancellation of the summit citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled the planned summit with North Korea and Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump

It appeared to be an effort to put the proposed US-North Korea summit, scheduled to be held in Singapore on 12 June, back on track.

"The two leaders candidly exchanged views about making the North Korea-US summit a successful one and about implementing the Panmunjom Declaration", said South Korea's presidential spokesman, referring to the agreement reached between the two Koreas at their first ever meeting in April. U.S. officials subsequently revealed that North Korea officials had failed to meet them for a pre-summit preparatory meeting in Singapore, and were not responding to United States communications. "We'd like to do it".

Trump then said from the White House that a "maximum pressure campaign" of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against North Korea - with which the U.S.is technically still at war - though he added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point.

But a North Korean Foreign Ministry official said Friday that Kim was still willing to meet with Trump "at any time".

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A statement from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Trump as previously planned.

Seoul's Blue House says it's "carefully" watching the developments between Washington and Pyongyang.

Asked Friday if the North Koreans were playing games with their communications, Mr Trump responded: "Everybody plays games".

In their first summit in April, Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon announced vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Mr. Trump.

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Pompeo, however, spoke over the phone Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, about continuing to work closely on the talks with the North and thwarting its nuclear ambitions, the State Department said.

"It is best to treat this all like a reality TV show", Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of worldwide relations at MIT, wrote Friday on Twitter.

USA and North Korean officials have disagreed about the method for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, with the US calling for complete, immediate, and irreversible denuclearization, while Pyongyang advocated for a gradual dismantling of the nuclear program in exchange for security and economic guarantees along the way.

Walking past North Korean soldiers saluting him, Moon met Kim in the lobby of Tongilgak, their second up-close-and-personal encounter in 29 days.

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