United States team heading to Singapore to work on summit

Donald Trump Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump Kim Jong Un

Trump withdrew from the planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim on Thursday but quickly announced that it could get back on track. During Saturday's inter-Korean summit, the Korean leaders agreed to "positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-U.S. relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace".

"We're talking to them now", Trump said of the North Koreans.

Mr Trump said he was still carrying out talks with the North Korean leader, hinting the two might plan a meeting at a further date in a freaky u-turn.

Only last month the two leaders met in the same village, with Kim famously inviting Moon to step briefly into the North before they both held talks in a building on the South's side.

While peace between the warring North and South Koreas seemed feasible just weeks ago, hesitation by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to dismantle their nuclear weapons arsenal has prompted the USA president to rescind his offer to host a peace summit in Singapore.

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong also attended the meeting, the Blue House confirmed.

Apparently, the president's comments came after North Korea said it was still willing to engage in direct talks, calling the planned summit between Trump and Kim "desperately necessary".

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Following Trump's cancellation of the summit, North Korea issued a statement declaring it was still open to talks.

Report has it that the two leaders spoke at length for two hours about the possible and potential of the June 12 meet between Kim and Trump still happening.

The head-spinning reversal came in the wake of Trump's withdrawal Thursday in a letter addressed to Kim in which he cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the nuclear-armed North.

Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters diplomats were "still at work" and said Trump had just sent a note out on the summit, which could be back on "if our diplomats can pull it off".

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

The US also claimed in a background briefing that North Korean officials had failed to show up in Singapore to arrange logistics for the June meeting.

In a tweet earlier in the day, Trump called the North's response to his pullout from the nuclear talks "very good news" and said that "we will soon see where it will lead". "It will happen!" Trump said in the same tweet. Choe Son Hui, vice-minister of foreign affairs, called Pence "stupid" and a "political dummy", according to an English-language statement from KCNA.

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