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What Kim and Moon spoke about at surprise summit

What Kim and Moon spoke about at surprise summit

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas.

"Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean peninsula's denuclearization and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted", Moon said at a news conference in Seoul.

"A USA delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement about the meeting at a border village inside the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea that was created at the end of the Korean War.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he is unsure President Trump has "done the homework needed" for negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program. "I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done", Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House.

Highlighting that the meeting came at a time when "small difficulties" in preparing for the US-North Korea summit needed to be addressed, Moon said that he was working to improve inter-Korean relations as well as US-North Korea relations.

"This is my normal body", he said, when asked if he had to put on weight to impersonate the North's leader. He urged Washington and Pyongyang to resolve their differences through "more direct and closer dialogue between their leaders". Moon said military generals and Red Cross officials from the Koreas will also meet separately to discuss how to ease military tensions and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said that its leader had "expressed his fixed will on the historic" summit. I'm not sure if North Korea's going to demand that.

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The South Korean president also said a trilateral meeting with Trump and Kim would likely be in the cards should the upcoming bilateral summit be deemed a success.

Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon, said the South Korean president wants Kim to accept an alternative approach advocated by Seoul, in which the North's comprehensive commitment and credible actions toward denuclearization are followed by a phased but compressed process of declaration, inspection and verifiable dismantling.

The second inter-Korean summit took place exactly a month after the first one, planned and held in secret. As you know, there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location which I won't name, but you'd like the location.

After North Korean officials, including Choe, lashed out at Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, Trump abruptly announced that he was canceling the talks, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger".

The fragile balance first tipped on May 15 after North Korea said it would cut off talks over military exercises being conducted in the region by the USA and South Korea.

Moon's surprise meeting with Kim on Saturday shows he's willing to do what it takes to keep diplomacy on track and avoid a return to threats of war over North Korea's nuclear program.

Will the United States-North Korea summit happen? 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.


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