North, South Korean leaders hold surprise summit

US President Donald Trump

The summit planned for Singapore would have been the first time a sitting USA president had met a North Korean leader.

On Thursday, White House officials said he had left the door open with a letter to Kim Jong Un that pointed the finger at "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang but also urged the North Korean leader to call him.

SEOUL-South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, May 26, to ensure a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump goes off successfully, South Korean officials said.

However, the United States president later tweeted that the summit could be back on and held in Singapore as originally planned - with Seoul expressing relief that the prospect of talks had been revived.

Summit meetings of this kind usually involve months of detailed planning and some analysts have expressed disquiet that private discussion of policy differences appears to have been replaced by "diplomacy by tweet", our correspondent adds.

The White House is sending a team to Singapore in the event that the summit between the USA and North Korea does take place.

According to the statement, the two sides "exchanged their opinions" on among other things successfully conducting a US-North Korea summit, according to the statement.

Trump earlier said the countries were now in talks.

Saturday's meeting at the DMZ follows a daylong summit last month in which Moon and Kim embraced, planted a tree and talked alone for more than 30 minutes.

The KCNA statement said Kim and Moon agreed to hold high-level talks between their two nations on June 1, and to take steps to quickly implement their efforts to denuclearise the peninsula.

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The previous summit was held at the southern side of the border.

"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.

The thaw between North and South Korea comes after a tense 2017, in which multiple missile tests by North Korea prompted an global outcry and an exchange of insults and threats between Kim and Trump.

Once he arrived, he shook hands with Kim Yo Jong and walked down a red carpet as members of the North Korean military saluted.

KCNA suggested following the summit that Kim was still interested in meeting with the US president.

That planned summit with North Korea: dead & buried, right? "The North showed there is no change in its commitment to bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula".

However, on Saturday, the two leaders spoke face to face.

President Donald Trump has signaled that he's open to proceeding with the sitdown.

- Kim hopes the Trump summit will "end the history of confrontation".

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