US, NK officials to meet in Singapore for summit preparations

Trump: Plan for June summit with North Korea 'hasn't changed'

US officials in summit-planning talks with North Korea at Panmunjom

After a surprise meeting Saturday between Kim and Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president said the North Korean leader is still committed to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

The two may meet to put final touches on the preparations for the planned summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un, according to the report. "It will happen!" Trump added.

Some say Trump's sudden willingness to cancel the summit rattled Pyongyang, which has since dialed down its rhetoric and expressed a willingness to talk "at any time".

The North Korean delegation includes Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who provoked Trump with her belligerent statements into canceling the summit last week, and Choe Kang-il, who is in charge of USA affairs. They later reported that Kim changed his flight to go to NY on Wednesday, but it wasn't clear why. Trump and Abe "affirmed the shared imperative of achieving the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs", the White House said in a statement.

American and North Korean officials have been engaged in ongoing talks, according to Fox.

Since then, North Korea has rejected USA demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme that experts say could threaten the United States.

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But North Korea watchers have previously warned that things have been moving too fast, and urged Washington to hold more preparatory meetings in the run-up to a formal summit, CNN reported.

Details such as when and where Abe and Trump will meet will be worked out, a senior Japanese government official said.

North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said the Korean leaders had agreed to "high-level" talks between the two countries on June 1.

Until this point, it's been unclear whether Kim is willing to agree to a timetable for abandoning his nuclear weapons program and what demands he will have for the United States in return.

"A U.S. delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, referring to a village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

The news of an American delegation in the North was later confirmed by the U.S. State Department.

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US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is seen in a file photo. Moon said Sunday that the North's disarmament could still be a hard process even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don't differ over what "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula means. Ms Hooker has been to North Korea before, and accompanied Mr Trump's daughter and top aide Ivanka Trump to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in South Korea in February.

"We've got the South Korean president, I believe, providing a great benefit in this discussion, unless we are not all communicating in the same way", said Sen.

"You know, what does denuclearization mean? That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens". "I think there's a lot of goodwill". "And we'll be here satirizing the whole situation", said Howard.

Moon later announced that Kim had reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization and willingness to meet with Trump.

"I remain convinced that he does not want to denuclearize, in fact he will not denuclearize", Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees.

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