S Korea welcomes prospect of 'reignited' US-North Korea talks

Virginia Carson
May 29, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had been instrumental in encouraging the two leaders to convene, met with Kim Jong Un over the weekend, which South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Kim Jong Un had requested.

USA president Donald Trump has cancelled the planned 12 June summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, and cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea.

South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program.

Their quickly arranged meeting Saturday appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world's most heavily armed border: Moon wants to secure a summit that he sees as the best way to ease animosity that had some fearing a war past year; Kim may see the sit-down with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies. Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more. Trump did not specify who Kim would be meeting with, or if he was heading to Washington D.C.in addition to NY. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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The potentially historic meeting between Trump and Kim was on the verge of collapse amid growing distrust between the two sides.

South Korea's presidential office said Moon will personally announce the outcome of Saturday's summit with Kim on Sunday. He said there is a "lot of good will" and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would be "a great thing".

She says Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's vice chairman of the Central Committee, is traveling to NY and will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week.

The second inter-Korean summit in a month was held in secret at the truce village of Panmunjom as Moon has been scrambling to salvage the U.S.

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Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un.

That first changed last week, when it lashed out against the maneuvers, cut high-level contacts with Seoul and threatened to "reconsider" the Trump summit.

On the other side, North Korean media too stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger.

North Korea's former intelligence chief - would be the most senior North Korean official to visit the U.S.in decades.As Kim Jong Un's righthand man, is a controversial figure in his own right. Moon said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

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