Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

South Korea want more talks with North Korea before summit

South Korea want more talks with North Korea before summit

There has been back and forward over whether the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will go ahead. "I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".

A top aide to the North Korean leader has arrived in Singapore in the latest indication that the on-again-off-again summit with United States president Donald Trump is going ahead.

In a conciliatory statement Friday aimed at getting the summit back on track, North Korea said it favoured a "Trump formula" to resolve tensions and praised the president for agreeing to meet Kim.

On Sunday, the US State Department said US and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea.

In their meeting on Saturday, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and to a planned summit with Trump, Moon told reporters in Seoul.

Any attendance by Mr Moon would be dependent on the progress of pre-summit talks between the United States and North Korean leaders, said the Blue House.

Sung Kim, a former ambassador to South Korea who has also negotiated with North Korea over its weapons program, is heading the United States team in the Hermit Kingdom. Last week, gold formed a potentially bullish closing price reversal bottom after President Trump announced the cancellation of his June 12 meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

The two officials know each other well - both were part of their respective delegations that negotiated the 2005 denuclearization agreement through the six-party framework. South Korea and China account for nearly all of North Korea's land borders, so their support is essential for enforcing sanctions ramped up a year ago after Mr Kim declared the ability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon.

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Some say Trump's sudden willingness to cancel the summit rattled Pyongyang, which has since dialed down its rhetoric and expressed a willingness to talk "at any time".

CNN's Brooke Baldwin began by asking Ford why Trump got "outplayed" by North Korea.

Meanhwile, North Korean authorities still have doubts whether the country can trust U.S. promises to provide Pyongyang with security guarantees in case of full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday.

Last week, Mr Trump said he was pulling out, blaming the North's "open hostility".

Government sources have said Abe may visit the United States before a summit of leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in Canada on June 8 and 9.

Until this point, it's been unclear whether Kim is willing to agree to a timetable for abandoning his nuclear weapons program and what demands he will have for the United States in return. In a press conference Sunday morning, Moon weighed in on Kim's feelings about negotiations, saying that "what's uncertain for [Kim] is not his intentions for denuclearization, but Washington's stance in hostile relations with North Korea, and whether Washington can really secure and guarantee his regime".

Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium.

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