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    FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, a news vendor counts her money near a stack of newspapers with a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on its front page in Singapore.

    Trump Reaffirms Commitment to Meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore

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    According to Reuters, US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he was still looking at June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    "We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea," Trump was quoted as saying by Reuters at the White House. "It's moving along very nicely. So we're looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens."

    On Saturday, Seoul's presidential office said that earlier in the day South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had met for the second time in the village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone. During the meeting, Kim reportedly expressed a "fixed will" to hold a North Korea-US summit in Singapore and expressed commitment to denuclearize Korean peninsula.

    In this image taken from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) Friday, April 27, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk together as Kim crossed the border into South Korea for their historic face-to-face talks, in Panmunjom.
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    On Thursday, the White House released Trump's letter informing Kim that he was canceling their meeting in Singapore scheduled for June 12. However, the following day, the US president indicated that he might yet meet the North Korean leader as scheduled or postpone the summit.

    "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," Trump said in a tweet on Friday.

    ​On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the special US "pre-advance" delegation from the US administration would go to Singapore.

    "The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place," Sanders said.

    On Thursday, North Korea in a goodwill gesture dismantled three test mines at the Punggye-Ri nuclear site, according to a Sputnik correspondent on the scene. Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests have been a source of concerns and tensions between North Korea and its closest neighbors, Japan and South Korea, as well their allies, including the United States.


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