Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Summit preparations intensify with Pompeo, top North Korean to meet

Summit preparations intensify with Pompeo, top North Korean to meet

South Korea's Moon held a surprise two-hour meeting Saturday with Kim Jong Un on the border in a bid to keep the Trump summit on track.

Chung Sung-yoon, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said Kim Yong Chol will be the most senior North Korean official to step onto U.S. soil since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok met President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Kim, in a dispatch issued by the North's state-run news service earlier Sunday, "expressed his fixed will on the historic (North Korea)-U.S. summit talks".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump.

Abe stressed that the worldwide community should be united to solve North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself", he tweeted Sunday.

Mr Pompeo has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks.

In this May 26, 2018 photo provided on May 27, 2018, by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in writes on a visitor's book as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, stands at the northern side of Panmunjom in North Korea.

Led by Sung Kim, the United States ambassador to the Philippines and former U.S. ambassador to Seoul, the USA officials first met their counterparts including Choe Son-hui, North Korea's vice foreign minister, on Sunday.

Trump cited that statement when announcing last week that he was pulling out of the summit. The White House's latest characterization of the meeting as "expected" appears to be a further sign that it could go ahead.

A White House logistical group was also sent to Singapore on Sunday to prepare in case the summit takes place.

He is under US and South Korean sanctions for his role in various illicit activities linked to Pyongyang, including the 2010 torpedoing of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors. He announced he had chose to "terminate" the summit last week in an open letter to Kim that stressed American military might, but also left the door cracked for future communication.

Washington and Pyongyang are also engaged in separate but related talks at the inter-Korean border and in Singapore, reflecting the urgency of preparing everything from details of the North's denuclearization vow to security protocols. The US has banned its citizens from entering North Korea, which has a history of detaining US citizens. There has yet to be an official announcement about whether the summit is on.

A Treasury spokesman declined to comment and the White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Moon said Sunday that the North's disarmament could be still be a hard process even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don't differ over what "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula means.

In previous, failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

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