North and South Korean leaders meet again at border

Posted May 28, 2018

North and South Korea's leaders have agreed to meet "frequently" following their surprise face-to-face over the weekend, Pyongyang's state media reported Sunday, adding Kim Jong Un's hopes were "fixed" for a potential summit next month with the U.S., reported AFP.

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Saturday's meeting was the second inter-Korean meeting, as last month, Kim became the first-ever North Korean leader to step on the South Korean soil, when he took a step at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the world's most heavily guarded border, separating the two countries.

The rapidly arranged meeting between the two countries reflects how urgently the two leaders are trying to salvage the U.S.

The meeting inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) dividing the two nations comes a day after the United States president said his summit with Pyongyangcould still go ahead. KCNA said the leaders also agreed to meet frequently.

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At an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Chinese vice president Wang Qishan said it was necessary to ensure security on the Korean peninsula, which touched on China's core interests.

"It was a very nice statement they put out", Trump said at the White House.

Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said after the Kim-Moon meeting Saturday that a White House team, led by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, still plans to travel to Singapore to make arrangements for the summit between Trump and Kim.

He has since said he is open to reinstating the talks. The official added that Kim had been preparing for the summit. "That is what it hinges on", he said.

Hours after a surprise meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas aimed at shoring up diplomacy, President Trump seemed to keep hope alive for a summit with Kim Jong Un to go ahead as planned on June 12 in Singapore.

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"I wish to place a great meaning on the latest talks that were held as if they were an ordinary event between friends", he said.

"They very much want to do it; we'd like to do it", he said. Trump rapidly tweeted that the statement was "very good news" and told reporters that "we're talking to them now". While there are always "high points and low points" in diplomacy, she said, "we hope that the meeting will go forward at some point".

After Trump's latest missives about the possibility of the summit being held as scheduled, a spokesman for the Blue House called the move a positive development.

North Korea responded to Trump's decision with a surprisingly conciliatory gesture, asking Trump to reconsider and saying that the North was ready to resume dialogue.

Moon said he wished to hold a three-way summit with Trump and Kim should their upcoming bilateral summit succeed.

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Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests, and has developed a long-range missile that could theoretically hit anywhere in the United States.

Vladimir Putin says finding a solution to the North Korea nuclear tensions is of great importance to Russian Federation and says North Korea's sovereignty should be guaranteed.

"We two leaders agreed the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit must be successfully held", he said.

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