South Korea has announced that its president Moon Jae-in met again with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday to discuss the highly anticipated summit between President Trump and Kim.
According to CBS News, a spokesperson for Moon released a statement saying, in part, “We see it as fortunate that the embers of dialogue between North Korea and the United States weren’t fully extinguished and are coming alive again. We are carefully watching the developments.”
Their two-hour-long talk occurred just days after Trump announced his decision to back out of the summit with Kim, citing the regime’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.”
North Korea had previously issued harsh words against the U.S. administration and reportedly stood U.S. officials up on a scheduled planning meeting.
Despite the rockiness, both sides have since expressed an openness to following through with the potentially historic event, with North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister saying, “The unilateral cancellation of the summit was unexpected and very regrettable…[North Korea is] willing to sit down with the United States any time, in any format, to resolve the problems.”
And Friday evening, Trump tweeted, “We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date.”
Earlier on May 25, he had told reporters, “We’ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it, we’d like to do it.”