>> South Korean President Moon Jae-in eager to keep up the momentum toward a US summit with North Korea after prospects seemed all but dead last week. Moon on Monday said he could hold further impromptu talks and meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two held a surprise meeting over the weekend, the strongest sign yet that the leaders of the two Koreas are trying to keep the Trump-Kim summit on track.
In another positive step, US and North Korean officials met at the heavily armed border between North and South Korea on Sunday. Sung Kim, the former US ambassador to South Korea under President Obama, led the American delegation which included Pentagon official Randall Schriver, an expert on Asian and Pacific security affairs.
One former US official told Reuters that the White House sending seasoned negotiators is, quote, an implicit acknowledgement that running this negotiation out of the Oval Office has not worked, and that lower level officials are needed to work out the details before a summit can take place. The White House also said a pre-advanced team of US officials was traveling to Singapore to meet with North Koreans and work on logistics for a possible summit.
Trump pulled out of the proposed June 12th meeting last week.>> I've decided to terminate the planned summit.>> Only to reconsider the decision the next day.>> We'll see what happens, it could even be the 12th.>> After the North Korean leader confirmed his commitment to work with him.
Kim also promised to complete denuclearization of the North Korean peninsula in his latest meeting with Moon. But American officials are skeptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal, and Moon said North Korea may have a different understanding of what denuclearization means. The US has demanded the complete verifiable and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Meanwhile Pyongyang has rejected unilateral disarmament.