What's next for North Korea? | USA

What's next for North Korea? | USA

A previously planned trip by White House aides to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for the trip remained on schedule, said two White House officials.

Trump, in his letter to Kim, said the "tremendous anger and open hostility" recently shown by North Korea led him to conclude that it was not the appropriate time to hold talks with Kim.

Moon also had served as a broker between Pyongyang and Washington in talks over a potential Kim-Trump summit, resulting in plans for the first ever meeting that was to be held next month between a serving US president and a North Korean leader.

The surprise meeting between the North and South Korean leaders on Saturday in a village on the north side of their shared border was to exchange opinions about holding a successful summit between Kim and President Trump and on how to implement steps that Kim and Moon agreed to in their last meeting on April 27.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said the meeting could still take place on 12 June in Singapore "and if necessary will be extended beyond that date".

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. "Kim's main concern is that he needs to be able to have trust that the USA will surely ensure regime guarantee after they completely denuclearize", Moon told reporters at the Blue House in a press conference broadcast live Sunday morning. "We're talking to them now, they very much want to do it". Trump replied by saying he hoped for "enduring prosperity and peace", and later added the summit may take place on its originally scheduled date after all.

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The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment on the meeting.

Although the precise agenda was unclear, it was expected that the two leaders would discuss ways of reducing tensions and denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

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President Donald Trump on Friday re-opened the door that he had slammed shut only a day earlier.

South Korea's government said in a statement released Saturday that it was relieved about the revived talks for a summit.

In his letter, Trump responded in kind, referencing US nuclear capabilities "so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

Mr Trump's aides had warned that merely agreeing to the summit had provided Mr Kim with long-sought global legitimacy and, if Mr Trump ultimately backed out, he risked fostering the perception that the president was insufficiently committed to diplomatic solutions to the nuclear question.

South Korea's presidential spokesman said in response, "It's fortunate that hope is still alive for U.S".

"Moon Jae-in is acting decisively to keep his people safe from war", said Adam Mount, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists.

He was not informed of the decision before Mr Trump's announcement, reports said.

But relations between the rival Koreas have chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea cancelling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in regular military exercises with the US.

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