Leaders of two Koreas hold surprise meeting to discuss Trump-Kim summit

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North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un met his South Korea Counterpart, Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone to discuss the peace commitments they reached in their first summit.

Trump said "very productive talks" are ongoing with North Korea over the summit.

North Korea's state media reported after the meeting that Kim expressed his "fixed will" for a "historic" summit between North Korea and the United States.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders reaffirmed Saturday that a White House advance team will head to Singapore for a planning meeting in preparation for a potential June 12 summit there with North Korea.

Video footage also showed Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, greeting Moon as he arrived at Tongilgak and shaking hands, before the South Korean leader entered the building flanked by North Korean military guards.

"Chairman Kim made clear once again his intentions to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula as he did in the Panmunjeom Declaration", President Moon said in a statement Sunday local time, according to a NBC News translation. He said: "They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it".

Reporters were not notified of the summit beforehand and it was only attended by the two Koreas' incumbent and former spymasters: South Korea's National Intelligence Service Director Suh-hoon and Kim Young-chul, former chief of the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau.

"They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US-North Korea summit", the Blue House said in a statement, adding further details would be released tomorrow morning.

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The U.S. president also criticised the article for claiming that there was discord within the White House about how to deal with North Korea.

"The only person who can pick the ball from the net is Moon Jae-in, because he can connect the two sides and he doesn't have to keep his pride over it", he said. "Chairman Kim is anxious about whether he can trust that the US will end the policy of hostility and guarantee the stability of his regime" after denuclearization.

Saturday's meeting was only the fourth time - but the second in a month - that leaders from the North and South have met.

The summit, set for June 12, was jeopardized when, on May 11, the US and South Korea started a two-week annual air combat regional exercise, viewed by Pyongyang as a threat to its security.

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.

Trump's decision to pull out of the summit with Kim came just days after he hosted Moon in a White House meeting where he openly cast doubts on the Singapore meeting but offered no support for continued inter-Korean progress, essentially ignoring the North's recent attempts to coerce the South.

Donald Trump had earlier indicated the summit could be salvaged after welcoming a conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks.

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

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