Trump ramps up pressure to get North Korea summit on track

In this image made from video Kim Yong Chol right a former military intelligence chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top official on inter Korean relations walks through Beijing airport after his arrival Tuesday

In this image made from video Kim Yong Chol right a former military intelligence chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top official on inter Korean relations walks through Beijing airport after his arrival Tuesday

Trump withdrew from the summit Thursday, but has left open the possibility that the two leaders could still meet.

According to The Guardian, Moon said, without elaborating, that Kim had "committed to complete denuclearization" but noted that he was unsure if he could trust the US administration.

As a part of the rapprochement in advance of their April meeting, the two sides set up a direct phone line to improve communications and de-escalate any potential problems with direct dialogue.

The two leaders met for two hours on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a "truce village" inside the Demilitarised Zone that separates the two Koreas, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's spokesman.

Higher-level talks could also occur before the summit, the official said, including further discussions between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top North Korean officials, including possibly Kim.

Trump subsequently wrote on Twitter that the two countries were having "very productive talks" and added that if the summit happens, it will likely still be in Singapore on the initially scheduled date, and could be extended if necessary.

But then Trump suggested Friday that his planned meeting with Kim could still happen on June 12. Photos released by the Blue House show Kim and Moon hugging and Kim's propaganda chief and sister, Kim Yo Jong, greeting Moon. But there's also scepticism whether Mr. Kim will ever agree to fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he likely sees as his only guarantee of survival.

In this image made from video Kim Yong Chol center a former military intelligence chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top official on inter Korean relations walks through Beijing airport after his arrival Tuesday

Less than a year after the two leaders traded threats of nuclear war, the back-and-forth over whether the summit will even happen reflects both Trump's lead-from-the-gut style of decision-making and North Korea's long-standing penchant for unpredictable behavior.

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 details of such a plan, however, remain in question.

President Donald Trump says North Korea's latest statement on nuclear talks is "good news" and that "we will soon see where it will lead". "We'd like to do it", he said. The two met on the northern side of the line.

"We're talking to them now", Trump said of the North Koreans. Teams had already been surveying hotel ballrooms and other possible locations for the meeting when Trump declared it canceled last week.

In his letter, Trump cited anger and hostility in recent statements by Kim as a reason for pulling out of the highly anticipated meeting.

The reason he did so was the fact that North Korea was displeased with military training conducted by the USA and South Korea.

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