South Korea says North Korea committed to 'complete' denuclearisation, summit with Trump

Blanche Robertson
May 27, 2018

Trump announced Thursday morning that he was scrapping the summit with Kim in light of the North Korean leader's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward the United States.

At any rate, the summit might be back on again, as the North Koreans swiftly changed their tune after President Trump sent his cancelation letter to Kim Jong-un.

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

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Friday that the government will do its part to faithfully implement the agreement reached by the leaders of the two Koreas last month, despite the USA decision to cancel the highly anticipated summit with the North.

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. During the talks, the pair vowed to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. "We'd like to do it".

In this May 26, 2018 photo provided on May 27, 2018, by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, is guided by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, at the northern side of Panmunjom in North Korea. Associated Press/Alex Brandon Moon says his meeting with Kim was arranged at Kim's request.

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Mr. Moon said while Mr. Kim is committed to denuclearisation, North Korea is not convinced it can trust security guarantees from the United States. Global journalists were present, but the USA government can't verify the site's destruction. "I urge North Korea and the U.S.to confirm each other's will by sharing their problems with each other and communicating directly".

The KCNA statement said Kim and Moon agreed to hold high-level talks between their two nations on June 1, and to take steps to quickly implement their efforts to denuclearize the peninsula.

The official says the North also reneged on a pledge to allow global inspectors to monitor the supposed demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday.

The agency said the two leaders had reached a "satisfactory consensus" and expressed "their stand to make joint efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim's summit with Trump on a track.

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