Trump still sees June 12 Singapore summit with North Korean leader

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

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

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korean leader remains committed to denuclearization and an end to the Korean War after a surprise meeting between the two leaders Saturday.

The meeting came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim.

"Chairman Kim said Friday afternoon he wanted to meet without any formalities, and I accepted", Moon said Sunday in Seoul.

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

The two Koreas planned to hold a meeting last week, but the North called if off at the last minute, taking issue with joint military drills between South Korea and the United States.

In Washington, Trump said Saturday that he was still looking at the June 12 summit with Kim, adding that talks were progressing very well.

"Kim stressed again that he had a firm determination toward complete denucleariaation", the South Korean president added.

"Still, his apparent willingness to continue diplomatic efforts does suggest that Mr. Kim, 34, may be under pressure to satisfy rising expectations in North Korea for economic gains and shake off the painful grip of sanctions", the story says.

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

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"We're looking at Jun 12 in Singapore".

During his two-hour meeting with Mr Kim, Mr Moon said he urged both Washington and Pyongyang "to remove misunderstandings through direct communication and to have sufficient dialogue in advance through working-level negotiations on the agendas to be agreed upon at the summit".

"Even though they share the same resolve, there need to be discussions regarding the roadmap for how to make it happen, and that process could be tough", he said, declining to define "complete denuclearisation". Kim and Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the program.

In his letter, Trump responded, referencing USA nuclear capabilities "so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

A senior South Korean official later said that the two Koreas are discussing a possible non-aggression pledge and the start of peace treaty talks as a way of addressing Pyongyang's security concerns ahead of U.S.

South Korean presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon will reveal details of his meeting with Kim on Sunday.

His remarks came nearly simultaneously with the announcement by Moon about his meeting with the North Korean leader.

The prime minister said he plans to hold talks with Trump over the telephone soon after returning to Japan. At that meeting, they declared they would work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

"Kim Jong-un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace".

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