U. S. sending advance team to Singapore just in case
It seems that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un doesn’t know what to make of President Trump. Instead of caving to threats and insults from the Little Rocket Man, as Trump has branded North Korea’s leader, Trump decided instead to cancel the proposed Singapore summit scheduled on June 12. Following this announcement, North Korea blinked, stating that it did still want to meet with Trump.
Now, reports indicate that North and South Korea held a “surprise” meeting to discuss salvaging the Singapore summit with Trump.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly held a surprise meeting at the DMZ. https://t.co/peV2RdU4Sc
— Axios (@axios) May 26, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a surprise meeting Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss salvaging the canceled June 12 summit between Mr. Kim and President Trump, Mr. Moon’s office said.
The two leaders met for two hours on the North Korean side of the “truce village” of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas, said Mr. Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan.
They “had a frank exchange of views on the implementation of the April 27 summit agreement and for the successful holding of the North Korea-United States summit,” Mr. Yoon said.
Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim had held their own first-ever meeting in the DMZ on April 27.
The surprise meeting Saturday came roughly 12 hours after Mr. Trump tweeted Friday night that the U.S. was again having “very productive talks” with North Korean officials that could lead to a resumption of the June 12 summit in Singapore.
. . . . Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, said the Kim-Moon meeting on Saturday raises “a very strong possibility a U.S.-North Korea summit could be back on very soon.”
“Moon is most likely acting as a bridge to both sides—and could very well save the summit,” Mr. Kazianis said.
The White House is also in talks with North Korea about reinstating the summit and is sending an advance team to Singapore to prepare for the summit should it take place.
The White House is still planning to send a team to Singapore in case a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un happens after all.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that a “pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place.”
. . . . The last time two weeks ago that a White House delegation traveled in advance of the planned summit they were stood up by their North Korean counterparts.
. . . . The surprise meeting between the North and South Korean leaders on Saturday, held in a village on the north side of their shared border, was to exchange opinions about holding a successful summit between Kim and President Trump and on how to implement steps that Kim and Moon agreed to in their last meeting on April 27, the South Korean president’s office said.
It is unknown whether North Korea requested the meeting first, but sources told ABC News it was arranged in the morning. Moon is to announce details of the meeting at a press conference on Sunday, according to his office.
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