USA team enters North Korea to prepare for summit

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

Mr Kim believes a summit with Mr Trump will be a landmark opportunity to end decades of confrontation, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said following his surprise meeting with the North Korean leader.

The two delegations are focused on the substance of any summit between the Trump and Kim Jong Un: the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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".

Sung Kim, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his posting as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

Kim is also joined by Allison Hooker, the Korea specialist on the National Security Council, and an official from the Defense Department.

A three-way summit was proposed by Moon and Kim when they first met at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27, Yonhap said. Pentagon official Randall Schriver is also in Seoul now, the Post said.

Moon, who returned to Seoul on Thursday morning after meeting Trump in Washington, told a news conference in Seoul that he delivered a message to Kim on Saturday of Trump's "firm will" to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation given that North Korea commit complete denuclearization.

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"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", Moon said.

The White House National Security Council tells NPR's Scott Horsley that the USA delegation in Panmunjom is distinct from the team led by Hagin.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met Kim twice in Pyongyang, told a Senate committee on May 24 that North Korea had not been responding to contact attempts in recent days.

The United States now has no ambassador to South Korea, even as it takes up one of the most delicate diplomatic challenges in years. We're looking at June 12 in Singapore. "And I don't know if it's going to be June 12, but I think it's going to happen", she said.

If U.S. and North Korean officials are unable to reach a deal in preparatory talks, a decision could be left to a Trump-Kim summit, according to the U.S. officials.

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", the President said at the White House. If the three-way summit is held, it is likely to include a discussion of a security guarantee for North Korea in exchange for denuclearization, Yonhap reported. "It's moving along very nicely", Trump added. "The biggest challenge is for the worldwide community to jointly prevent North Korea from evading sanctions", Kono told reporters during a visit to Yamagata Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

"Hey Donald, I'm already in Singapore, waiting for you to turn up", Howard X said.

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