Korean leaders meet to salvage Trump-Kim summit

North and South Korean leaders hold surprise meeting

The leaders of North and South Korea met for two hours Saturday to discuss the canceled summit with Donald Trump, less than a day after the US leader signaled the meeting may be back on citing "very productive" talks between the two countries.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters "The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place".

"The two leaders candidly exchanged views about making the North Korea-U.S. summit a successful one and about implementing the Panmunjom Declaration", South Korea's presidential spokesman said in a statement, referring to an April 2018 announcement in which both men pledged to work toward achieving peaceful and prosperous inter-Korean relations. "We'd like to do it".

The leaders of North and South Korea hold a surprise meeting at the demilitarized zone, for the second time.

The Korean leaders met for two hours and figured out ways to make the U.S.

While largely depicted as a nuclear provocateur in the outside world, Mr. Kim is determined to be the face of a "modern" and more open North Korea at home.

South Korean officials released photos of the two leaders shaking hands and in embrace. When asked if that was a threat, Pence said it was "more of a fact".

Earlier, North Korea issued a conciliatory statement in response to Trump's decision to scrap his meeting with Kim.

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"There is a very strong possibility a U.S". But North Korea responded later that evening expressing a willingness to talk to the U.S.at any point.

Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch to Seoul by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a sudden detente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.

The negotiations come amid doubts over a potential landmark meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump. Mr. Kim ordered the complex to be finished by April 15, 2019 to mark the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.

"The massive gap between the United States and North Korea on denuclearization is the unspoken subtext to everything that's just transpired, " said Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official for East Asia who since leaving the USA government has periodically held informal talks with North Korean officials.

Saturday's meeting lacked the fanfare of the first summit, which was broadcast live on TV and included a ceremonial tree planting and a walk in the woods. Moon said Trump's decision left him "perplexed" and was "very regrettable".

The letter, tweeted by the US President early yesterday morning, informed the North Korean leader the June 12 Singapore summit would be "inappropriate".

Defense Secretary James Mattis also sounded an optimistic note, telling reporters at the Pentagon there is "possibly some good news" about the summit, saying that "if our diplomats can pull it off" it may be back on.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he respected and supported the USA president's move to cancel the summit while China, Pyongyang's sole major ally, urged the two foes to "show goodwill".

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