Kim expresses willingness to meet Trump

North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

Abe previously conferred with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate last month; the two men agreed to meet again before the possible June 12 summit.

Three senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation told CNN details about the preparatory talks.

TRUMP: If we got that done and if we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it would be a great thing for North Korea. Pyongyang in turn threatened the USA with nuclear annihilation if Trump did not come to the negotiating table.

His journey to the United States caps a frenetic few days of meetings between North Korean and American officials.

Mr Kim may see the sit-down with Mr Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.

Moon said he told Kim that Trump has a "firm resolve" to end hostile relations with North Korea and initiate economic cooperation if Kim implements "complete denuclearization".

U.S. officials said the most likely document would provide a framework for future negotiations, without going into great detail about what North Korea might be willing to give up or what steps the United States would take in exchange.

A surprise meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in occurred Saturday on the North Korean side of the shared inter-Korean area of Panmunjom. This was portrayed as a sign of good faith, but as the Guardian newspaper recently reported, "North Korea's main nuclear test site has partially collapsed under the stress of multiple explosions, possibly rendering it unsafe for further testing".

"Sending such an experienced and professional team signals that the Trump administration is getting serious about the specifics of an agreement", said former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defence for East Asia, Abraham Denmark.

DETROW: Well, this is the latest indication that the summit might be inching back toward more on than off. President Trump confirmed this this morning, saying this high-ranking North Korean official is on his way to NY.

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Sanders also said Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on June 7 and the two will discuss the potential meeting and a USA delegation is meeting with the North Korean delegation at the DMZ.

Kim was probably headed to NY, where North Korea has a mission to the United Nations, rather than to Washington because it was easier for him to get a visa there, another USA diplomat said. Sung Kim, the former United States ambassador to South Korea and current ambassador to the Philippines, led that American delegation, an American official told Reuters. But he was granted special permission for official travel to the United States, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

During his tenure as a senior intelligence official, Kim was accused by South Korea of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean navy ship and an island in 2010, and was linked by U.S. intelligence to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

Before he cancelled the summit, Trump did not rule out an incremental approach that would provide incentives along the way to the North.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim leaves a hotel in Seoul on Tuesday. A USA team crossed into the DMZ over the weekend for talks with their North Korean counterparts on the substance of a possible Trump-Kim summit.

Ahead of their first meeting last month, Kim and Moon established a hotline that they said would enable direct communication between the leaders and would be valuable to defuse crises, but it was unclear whether it was used to set up the latest meeting.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in during their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. The two leaders embraced as Moon departed.

Two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating, including a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation by the USA, appeared to be paying off as the two sides engaged in their most substantive talks to date about the meeting.

"(Moon) could join President Trump and (North Korean leader) Kim (Jong Un) in Singapore", a senior official with Moon's office told Yonhap news agency on condition of anonymity. They're both very eager to revive the Trump-Kim summit.

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