South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program.
Trump's latest about-face sent officials scrambling in Washington.
"We are having very productive talks about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date", Trump said in a Twitter post. Another delegation was in Singapore to discuss logistics. -North Korean summit, which he sees as the best way to ease the animosity that had some fearing a war previous year. Aides are cautiously optimistic this time will be different, even as they continue to express private misgivings about the compressed timeline to arrange the meeting.
Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. The teams, led by seasoned American officials, hope to determine what Kim is willing to agree to should he meet with Trump next month.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, to handle pre-summit negotiations.
Trump rapidly tweeted that the statement was "very good news" and told reporters that "we're talking to them now".
"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day".
In his letter, Trump warned Kim of the United States' greater nuclear might, reminiscent of his tweet a year ago asserting that he had a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.While the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program, Pyongyang had always couched its language in terms of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.More news: LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to finals with victory over Boston Celtics
President Trump's back-and-forth over his summit plans with Mr Kim has exposed the fragility of Seoul as an intermediary.
Trump tweeted Sunday that a USA team was in North Korea to work on the possible summit.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in gave details about his surprise meeting Saturday with Kim in Panmunjom, saying Kim had committed to sitting down with Trump and to a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Most lawmakers are saying the president made the right decision, but called for more pressure on North Korea.
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 United States and insisting that it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved.
He said, "The best way to prevent war is to be fully prepared for war". Moon said North Korea was not convinced it could trust security guarantees from the United States. Teams had already been surveying hotel ballrooms and other possible locations for the meeting when Trump declared it canceled last week.
It finished the letter suggesting North Korean officials are ready to sit down with US officials once again, in the hopes of resolving any barriers.
Chief among his concerns, according to United States officials familiar with the discussions, are Kim's security needs in Singapore, including the number of bodyguards he'll be allowed to bring to the meeting with Trump.