Kim Jong-un and South Korean president hammer out U.S. summit plans

Donald Trump says US North Korea summit ‘could’ happen on 12 June

One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all - and would "likely" happen on the originally scheduled date of June 12.

These developments, combined with a surprise meeting Saturday between Kim and South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, rekindled hopes of progress toward halting the North's nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's presidential office said Moon will personally announce the outcome of Saturday's summit with Kim on Sunday.

Trump welcomed the conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks after on Thursday he called off a summit with North Korea's autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un. This comes after President Trump chose to scrap the summit, claiming North Korea was recently acting with anger and open hostility.

He said the U.S.is approaching North Korean denuclearization as "a surrender, that [Pyongyang] is bowing to the sanctions levied against them". "You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used", Trump wrote.

The US summit cancellation blindsided treaty ally South Korea, which until now had brokered a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang, with President Moon Jae-in calling the move "shocking and very regrettable".

Indeed, the idea of peace on a peninsula still technically at war has started to feel so real that there's a boom in property sales inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Bong Young-shik, a research fellow at Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul, said time will tell whether the meeting - which might have been unknown in Washington - could affect South Korea's standing as a close ally with the United States.

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Before Trump scrapped the meeting on Thursday, North Korea said it had completely dismantled its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility "to ensure the transparency of discontinuance" of nuclear testing. Choe had referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" for earlier comments he made about North Korea and said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us [in a] nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

"We reiterate to the USA that there is a willingness to sit down at any time, in any way, to solve the problem", said a top official at the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

At an global economic forum in St Petersburg on Friday, Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan said it was vitally important for the USA and North Korean leaders to meet to maintain regional stability, and the cancellation was just a "brief interlude".

Trump is tweeting that if the summit happens it "will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date".

Moon was also seen in photos and video shaking hands with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South, including leading a delegation across the border during February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Graphics on "Nuclear North Korea" - tmsnrt.rs/2xcSz2c).

But he left the door open to future meetings and Pyongyang's immediate reaction was to say it was willing to sit down "at any time", prompting Trump to reply that the Singapore summit could still take place.

The leaders of North and South Korea met Saturday for the second time in a month amid efforts to get a potential U.S.

"A full denuclearisation of North Korea" should involve giving "North Korea a guarantee of their sovereignty and inviolability", he said. But North Korean state media, in a measured response, stated that they were still open to meeting the USA president.

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