U.S. President Donald Trump dangled the possibility on Friday that a June 12 summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, could still take place, just a day after he canceled the meeting citing Pyongyang's "open hostility".
The meeting is the second between the two leaders, with the first having taken place at the same location on April 27 and resulting in the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration. Moon and Kim met at Panmunjom, the truce village in the demilitarized zone and the site of their earlier meeting.
Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon would reveal more details about the outcome of the meeting on Sunday morning.
Preparations for Donald Trump's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un are back on, following a meeting today (May 26) between Kim and South Korea's Moon Jae-in.
The statement from Pyongyang appeared created to get the summit back on track after Trump cancelled their planned Singapore meeting, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent statements from North Korea. On Thursday, White House officials noted that Trump had left the door open with a letter to Kim that blamed "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang but also urged Kim to call him.
Trump, speaking Friday to graduates at the U.S.
"North Korea will have to propose more detailed plans for denuclearisation if it wants to talk in the future", said Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies.
Trump told reporters at the White House that both sides would like the summit to happen.
Wang said China as a stakeholder would never allow war or chaos on the Korean peninsula, and the Chinese government resolutely upheld the goal of a nuclear-free peninsula.
In Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea's criticisms had been a reaction to US rhetoric and that current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.
The White House was unhappy about what it considered to be a "trail of broken promises" by North Korea - including failure to show up for summit preparatory talks and complaints about the latest US-South Korean joint military exercise.More news: China and U.S. ‘agree broad framework’ for ZTE ban resolution
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Comments in North Korea's state media indicate Kim sees any meeting with Mr. Trump as an arms control negotiation between nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender his nukes.
The two nations have remained estranged since the Korean War, and tensions between them had risen in recent years as the North sought to advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
In April, former Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for a meeting with Kim-Jong un, declaring the two had built a "good relationship".
North Korea responded in kind, with First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan saying that his country still wanted to pursue peace and said it would give Washington time to reconsider talks.
The Singapore summit may now happen, Trump said in a tweet last night (May 25). North Korea sent hundreds of athletes, performers and dignitaries to the Pyeongchang Games, including Kim Yo Jong, who conveyed her brother's desire for a summit with Moon.
Mr Trump said on Friday that Washington was having "productive talks" with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12th meeting, just a day after cancelling it.
At an worldwide economic forum in St Petersburg on Friday, Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan said it was vitally important for the United States and North Korean leaders to meet to maintain regional stability, and the cancellation was just a "brief interlude".
"They very much want to do it", he continued.
On Saturday, President Moon Jae In and Chairman Kim Jong Un met to discuss carrying out peace agreements and resuming talks with the U.S.
He said Washington's perspective of the North makes it very hard to reach a negotiated settlement.