President Donald Trump on Saturday told talks regarding a possible summit with North Korea were “going along are you all right, ” just days after he canceled next month’s highly anticipated meeting with the rascal nation.
“We’re doing are you all right in terms of the summit with North Korea, ” Trump said at the White House after welcoming home Joshua Holt, who returned to the U.S. on Saturday after being incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail. “Looks like it’s running along very well.”
Trump told sessions were ongoing and they were still “looking at June 12 in Singapore, that hasn’t changed.”
He added that if “it would be a great thing” if the latter are “successful in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The president’s remarks followed a surprise meeting Saturday between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during which the pair agreed home countries would have “high-level talks” next month and Kim “expressed his fixed will” on meeting with Trump, according to Yonhap News.
On Sunday, Moon told reporters that Kim committed to meeting with Trump and to a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, ” the Associated Press reported.
Moon said he assured Kim that Trump has a “firm resolve” to objective hostile relations with North Korea and initiate economic coooperation if Kim implements “complete denuclearization.”
The two Korean leaders met on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone in the village of Panmunjom to discuss peace commitments made during their historic first summit last month. They also reportedly talked “frankly” about how they could attain the potential summit between Kim and Trump a success.
The meeting arrived hours after South Korea carried relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that ensure the U.S. president cancel the meeting.
“Kim Jong-un thanked Moon Jae-in for significant efforts made by him for the DPRK-U.S. summit scheduled for June 12, and conveyed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-U.S. summit talks, ” Yonhap reported, citing the Korean Central News Agency( KCNA ). “Kim Jong-un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with one another as ever to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace.”
The leaders of the neighboring countries said they would hold “high-level talks” on June 1 and also promised to “meet often in the future to induce dialogue brisk and pool wisdom and efforts, carrying their stand to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, ” Yonhap reported.
The talks between North and South Korea was initially supposed to occur earlier this month until it was called off by the North, quoting military exercises conducted by the South and the U.S.
Prior to Kim and Moon’s meeting, Trump suggested that his summit with North Korea may still go ahead.
“We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12 th ., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date, ” Trump tweeted.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and the Associated Press contributed to this report .
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