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WITH the fate of a June 12 summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un still uncertain, a Kim lookalike shocked many pedestrians in the Southeast Asian city-state. Trump also said he sees "brilliant potential" in Pyongyang.

During their two-hour meeting at North Korea's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, Mr Moon said Mr Kim agreed with him on the need to have direct communication with Washington to remove misunderstandings, and to have sufficient dialogue ahead of the planned summit, The Straits Times reported.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader previously met on Saturday (May 26) to discuss Kim's possible upcoming summit with Trump.

Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, was called from his post in Manila to lead the US delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone for pre-summit talks with North Korean diplomats.

White House officials also noted that North Korean representatives failed to show at numerous meetings to plan the logistics of the June 12 summit in Singapore.

Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines and former envoy to South Korea, is leading the USA delegation at the preparation talks.Reports say the meetings are expected to last until Tuesday.

On Sunday, Mr Trump said a team from the U.S. had arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the summit, saying it would help the North achieve its "brilliant potential".

One of Kim Jong-un's most senior officials is thought to be travelling to the USA, as preparations for a possible historic summit gather pace.

Since then, North Korea has rejected US demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons program that experts say could threaten the United States.

Moon, who brokered the summit between Washington and Pyongyang, likely used Saturday's meeting to confirm Kim's willingness to enter nuclear negotiations with Trump and clarify what steps Kim has in mind in the process of denuclearization, said Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification.


The two officials know each other well - both were part of their respective delegations that negotiated the 2005 denuclearization agreement through the six-party framework. Yet over the longer term, Mr Moon's desire to cut a peace deal with North Korea during his single five-year term means Mr Trump could find it harder to enforce his "maximum pressure" campaign if talks break down again.

At the same time, a team of US government officials left US Yokota Air Base in Japan for Singapore on Monday, NHK said.

"It's really going to be the unveiling of a pre-prepared joint declaration, and I think that's the official launch of this denuclearization mechanism", Park said. The South Korean presidential office said later in a text message that Seoul is "just considering the possibility" of such a meeting and "at a working level".

"We're all focused on the roller coaster", said Cha, who is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In a letter addressed to Kim, President Trump said due to the "tremendous anger and open hostility" expressed in a recent statement, he believed it would be "inappropriate" to hold the meeting. North Korea, which cancelled the talks earlier this month in a sign of reemerging tensions, said the two leaders agreed to "meet frequently in the future".

The U.S. has frequently called for the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"No matter how experienced and knowledgeable these officials are, they will not be able to change the fundamental challenge between the United States and North Korea over its status as a nuclear power".

American officials are skeptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal.

Kim and Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the North's nuclear program.


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