North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearise and hold a summit with US President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday after his surprise talks with Kim a day before at the ‘truce village’ of Panmunjom (pictured).
The ‘secret’ meeting held at Kim’s request was to advance peace process between the Koreas and to persuade Washington to join the summit.
It also revealed Kim is desperate to strike a deal with Trump because any failure in diplomacy by Pyongyang will be a loss of face for Kim back home.
Trump said the US is still “looking at June 12th in Singapore” adding that talks over the potential summit are going “very well.”
Saturday’s talks between Kim and Moon took place nearly a month after their landmark summit leading to agreement on a nuclear-free peninsula and an official end to the Korean War.
On Thursday, the White House, in an open letter, called off the June 12 summit with Kim after Pyongyang called US vice-president Mike Pence “stupid.”
Earlier, Pence had warned that North Korea will go the Libya way, hinting at the gory end of Muammar Gaddafi and a similar fate probably awaiting Kim.
A North Korean spokeswoman said her country would not beg for talks with the US and it will be ready for a nuclear showdown if diplomacy fails.
In Thursday’s letter, Trump, however, left the door open for talks by telling Kim he can call or write to him on a fresh summit date whenever he changes his mind.
Kim, on his part, said his country is still keen on talks after Trump’s U-turn.