United States team heading to Singapore to work on summit

United States team heading to Singapore to work on summit

On Friday, however, Trump said that the two countries are nevertheless engaged in "very productive talks" and the summit could still take place on June 12.

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 a year ago; 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.

In response to Trump's cancellation, North Korea struck a more conciliatory tone, saying it was "willing to give the USA time and opportunities" to reconsider talks.

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

"They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it", he stressed. "We'd like to do it".

Politico magazine reported that an advance team of 30 White House and State Department officials was preparing to leave for Singapore later this weekend.

President Donald Trump waves while walking away after speaking to the media, as he walks to the Marine One helicopter Friday, May 25, 2018, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

In his letter to Kim, Trump objected specifically to a statement from senior North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui.

- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivered his intention to have a meeting (with me) on Friday.

Trump's initial cancellation of the summit blindsided treaty ally Seoul, with President Moon Jae-in calling the move "shocking and very regrettable".

"We never expected it to be easy", Nauert told reporters. The presidential Blue House did not immediately provide more details.

Trump eventually pulled the plug on talks in a personal letter to Kim on Thursday.

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The meeting came amid doubts over the prospect of the US-North Korea summit, which US President Donald Trump had initially chose to cancel.

SOuth Korea's President Moon Jae-in hugs with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump and his team weathered insults, tolerated unanswered phone calls and waited hours for negotiating partners who never showed up as they sought to keep the planned Singapore summit with Kim on track.

"The results of the talks will be announced by the president at 10 am tomorrow".

Politically, Trump had invested heavily in the success of the planned summit.

- The two leaders agree to communicate and meet whenever necessary.

North Korea had sharply criticised suggestions by Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and Vice President Mike Pence that it could share the fate of Libya if it did not swiftly surrender its nuclear arsenal.

But Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrent until it feels safe from what it terms United States aggression.

The summit, set for June 12, was jeopardized when, on May 11, the US and South Korea started a two-week annual air combat regional exercise, viewed by Pyongyang as a threat to its security.

The Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said the meeting could happen "any time, in any format". "It gives him added leverage over both".

The president made a decision to cancel the summit after North Korea attacked Pence for saying North Korea would end up like Libya if it did not reach a peaceful deal on its nuclear weapons during the summit. "And if they are they are ready to do that then. we're certainly ready to have those conversations", she said.

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