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    North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ‘committed’ to Donald Trump meeting, ‘complete’ denuclearisation

    Mr Moon told a news conference in Seoul that he and Mr Kim, at a surprise meeting on Saturday, agreed that a possible North Korea-US summit must be held successfully.
    “Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearisation and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted,” Mr Moon said.

    Meanwhile, in Washington, Mr Trump signalled that preparations for the summit with Mr Kim were going ahead.

    The meeting was the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic ups and downs surrounding the prospects for an unprecedented summit between the US and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders are trying to keep the on-again off-again meeting on track.

    A statement from North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said Mr Kim expressed “his fixed will” on the possibility of meeting Mr Trump as previously planned.

    Mr Moon, who returned to Seoul after meeting Mr Trump in Washington in a bid to keep the high-stakes US-North Korea summit on track, said he delivered a message of Mr Trump’s “firm will” to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation.

    While maintaining that Mr Kim is committed to denuclearisation, Mr Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means, and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences


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