Trump and Kim raise summit hopes after days of brinkmanship

(LEAD) South Korea vows to faithfully implement summit agreement with NK

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. Now that the United States has withdrawn from the Iran deal, despite all monitoring agencies reporting that Iran was sticking to its side of the bargain, there is even less credibility to a promise by one American president to uphold a particular course of action.

Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his June 12 meeting with Kim, citing "open hostility" from Pyongyang.

"It's moving along very nicely", Trump told reporters late Saturday when asked for an update.

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During Saturday's inter-Korean summit, the Korean leaders agreed to "positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-US relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace".

Moon said both he and Kim had "agreed the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit must be successfully held".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump's policy of separating children, parents at border "would shock Jesus" MORE is denying reports of "disagreement" within his administration on its strategy on North Korea.

In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called off the meeting last week.

A White House team will leave as scheduled for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday.

He praised Kim Jong-un for taking the initiative to talk, and, comparing the latest meeting to one between friends, he said that's how it should be.

"Chairman Kim requested a meeting without any formality two days ago and I gladly accepted it", Mr. Moon said, noting that the summit was in line with previous agreements for the two leaders to meet more often.

Pyongyang has a different view of what denuclearisation might look like and remains deeply anxious that abandoning that deterrent would leave the country vulnerable to regime change. Moon said Sunday that the North's disarmament could be still hard even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don't differ over what "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula means.

American officials are skeptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal, and Moon said North Korea is not yet convinced it can trust security guarantees from the United States.

And on Saturday afternoon, the two leaders met again at the border village of Panmunjom, .

Photos released by South Korea's presidential office showed Moon arriving at the North Korean side of the Panmunjom truce village and shaking hands with Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, before sitting down with Kim for their summit.

In a regular press briefing, ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters that he expects that all relevant countries remain committed to resolving any issues involving North Korea through dialogue, saying the Seoul government will work hard to maintain momentum for talks.

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