SKorea Media: June 1 North-South Meeting Back On

Daniel Fowler
May 27, 2018

Analysts say Kim's diplomatic outreach in recent months after a flurry of nuclear and missile tests in 2017 indicates he is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the global legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.

These developments, combined with a surprise meeting Saturday between Kim and South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, rekindled hopes of progress toward halting the North's nuclear weapons program.

Despite the letter, Trump maintained Friday that Washington was having "productive talks" with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting.

In addition to the border talks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said a "pre-advance team" left for Singapore on Sunday morning to work on logistics for a possible summit.

The Russian president said Friday that "a full denuclearization of North Korea" should involve giving "North Korea a guarantee of their sovereignty and inviolability". The team will be led by Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff for operations.

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 technically still at war - though he added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point. "It could even be the 12th", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for the US Naval Academy to deliver a commencement address.

He also told reporters Friday that "everybody plays games" and said: "They very much want to do it, we want to do it, we'll see what happens".

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They agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1 and to set up separate talks between their top generals.

"Kim has created sort of a cushion for failure that if the U.S. backs away, the Chinese and Russians will be behind him", Wit said.

The comments came just a day after Trump canceled the meeting, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility".

As is typical in the administration, there is no unified approach on the matter: superhawk John Bolton, whose suggestion that the US would follow the "Libya model" in denuclearizing North Korea prompted an angry response from the country, would rather the summit not take place at all, while Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have increasingly backed off their unrealistic demands that North Korea destroy its entire nuclear arsenal.

The summit between the US and North Korea was canceled by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump's policy of separating children, parents at border "would shock Jesus" MORE on Thursday for what he called "tremendous anger and open hostility" from North Korea.

Trump, in response, kept the door open for a June 12 summit. They discussed how to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and the success of a potential Trump-Kim meeting, according to the text from the president's office.

North Korea's vice foreign minister said his country remained open to resolving issues with Washington "regardless of ways, at any time, any format".

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