North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South's Korea's Moon Jae-in Met to Repair Trump Summit Plans

Tom Porter

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim’s possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said.

The surprise meeting was the second inter-Korean summit in as many months. 


North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) walk together after a tree-planting ceremony at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images

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Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarised border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea’s presidential office said. 

Moon will announce the outcome of his two-hour meeting with Kim on Sunday morning, officials said.

The talks were held at the northern side of the Panmunjom truce village between 15:00 and 17:00 local time, Moon's office said.

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"Both leader exchanged opinions... for the successful holding of the North Korea-US Summit," it added.

On Thursday Trump cancelled a planned summit with Kim, but later signalled that the meeting may still go ahead. 

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to the North Korean leader. 

The planned discussions would focus on the denuclearization of North Korea, and reducing tensions between North Korea and other states in the region. 

This article was first written by Newsweek

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