White House team to go to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit prep

US officials travel to North Korea to prepare for summit despite uncertainty

Trump told reporters on Saturday night that talks with North Korea were going well, and he's still looking at possibly meeting Kim on June 12 in Singapore.

Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarised border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea's presidential office said.

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Mr. Trump said at the White House.

Trump responded to reporters' questions about the summit saying that it was "moving along very nicely".

In a tweet, Trump the summit was "likely" to happen as scheduled June 12. "That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens".

Mr. Moon said he held Saturday's impromptu meeting, the second summit between the two sides in a month, at Mr. Kim's request. "The North Koreans never showed up".

Mr. Moon, who returned to Seoul on Thursday morning after meeting Mr. Trump in Washington in a bid to keep the high-stakes U.S.

The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea completely and irreversibly shut its nuclear weapons program.

The report says that Jong-un is not happy to see his regime struggle under sanctions, and that he hopes to create rapid economic growth to improve living conditions in his regime.

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Still, Moon, who said he had used Saturday's summit to hold a "candid" conversation with Kim about implementing the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration and the possible summit with Trump. He said he expects the talks to go smoothly because Pyongyang and Washington both know what they want from each other.

The group included US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, and is a clear sign the summit is back on track.

"We have always believed that direct contacts and dialogue between the leaders of North Korea and the United States are crucial to resolving the peninsula nuclear issue", it said.

They agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1 and to set up separate talks between their top generals.

The White House said Trump dictated the letter himself.

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 previous 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.

A senior US official says the North Koreans stood up an American delegation last week seeking to make arrangements for the summit and did not return messages from the USA seeking to discuss the meeting.

Howard X said Kim's rise as the third leader of North Korea in 2011 has proved lucrative for him, jump starting a new career in films, commercials and private functions, most often in his home town of Hong Kong.

Saturday's summit marks the fourth meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas since they were divided at the end of the World War II in 1945.

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