Team Arrives in North Korea for Trump-Kim Summit Talks

Team Arrives in North Korea for Trump-Kim Summit Talks

Meanwhile, Kim Chang-son, a senior official of North Korea's State Affairs Commission who South Korean media refer to as Kim Jong-un's "butler", flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night.

Meetings between American and North Korean officials are underway simultaneously in Panmunjom and Singapore as the two nations strive to revive a June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Meetings between American and North Korean officials are under way simultaneously in the truce village of Panmunjom, on the North and South Korean border, and in Singapore.

The risk-on in USA stock futures comes as the State Department confirmed reports that a US delegation is meeting with North Korean officials to prepare for the summit, which had been set for June 12 in Singapore.

The President later in the day said the meeting would see the two sides "make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself".

"A US delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, referring to the truce village in the demilitarized zone between the Koreas.

According to Reuters, the impersonator had been in town to wish success for the summit, held to negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear programme. His visit to the United States would indicate a waiver was granted.

On Sunday, the U.S. state department said American and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom. "But we need results and they need to be very visible before the United States creates any benefits", he said.

He noted "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement", apparently referring to comments from officials like Choe Son Hui, who slammed Vice President Mike Pence for comments on Libya and North Korea.

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A photo provided by South Korea's Presidential Blue House shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, walking after their surprise meeting on Saturday in Panmunjom. In a weekend statement to the newspaper, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that "China firmly supports the summit and hopes it could bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and good news to the world".

Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what denuclearisation means and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.

The U.S. defines denuclearization as North Korea giving up weapons in exchange for non-aggression assurances and economic aid. Pyongyang has rejected unilateral disarmament and has always couched its language in terms of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim is considered the North Korean leader's right-hand man and serves as the vice central committee chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party.

US officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later. Kim is a former American top nuclear envoy and ambassador to South Korea.

More significantly, Moon secured the restart of minister-level inter-Korean talks on June 1, followed by a dialogue between military leaders and a Red Cross meeting to reunite families separated by the war. "It will happen!" Trump said in the same tweet.

The US, along with the United Nations, has imposed numerous large-scale sanctions on North Korea, cutting off much of its foreign income.

Washington wants North Korea to quickly give up all its nuclear weapons in a verifiable way in return for sanctions and economic relief.

Trump dismissed the so-called Libya model. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, on "Fox News Sunday". "He's going to run this the way he sees fit".

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