Korean leaders' surprise meeting

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The leaders of North and South Korea held a surprise meeting Saturday, their second in a month, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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

Photos released by the presidential Blue House show the two leaders posing for photos, seated around a conference table and embracing after their meeting.

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Kim has launched a diplomatic offensive since the beginning of the year, meeting not only with Moon but also Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Pictures released by the Blue House showed Moon also shaking hands with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South, including leading a delegation across the border during February's Winter Olympics.

"We're going to see what happens", he was quoted as saying by the United States media.

Moon has been careful during the last few months of whirlwind diplomacy to frequently credit Trump for the opening of talks with North Korea.

Mr. Trump's back-and-forth over his summit plans with Mr. Kim has exposed the fragility of Seoul as an intermediary.

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It said Kim Jong-un had thanked Moon Jae-in for "much effort made by him" to arrange the Singapore summit and "expressed his fixed will" that it would take place.

They "agreed that must continue until North Korea embraces denuclearization", according to a U.S. readout of the call. USA officials subsequently revealed that North Korea officials had failed to meet them for a pre-summit preparatory meeting in Singapore, and were not responding to United States communications.

The announcement comes just days after the U.S. president cancelled the meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un that was scheduled for June 12.

The comments came just a day after Mr Trump cancelled the meeting, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility". They discussed how to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and the success of a potential Trump-Kim meeting, according to the text from the president's office. China now appears squarely at the center of any push to bring the sides together and Washington and South Korea will likely have to work more closely with China now, Cheng said.

Also on Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung Wha, in which he said Washington still wished to have dialogue with Pyongyang.

President Donald Trump has signaled that he's open to proceeding with the sitdown.

"The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse", North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, which mainly targets an external audience.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he respected and supported the U.S. president's move to cancel the summit while China, Pyongyang's sole major ally, urged the two foes to "show goodwill".

Moon is the only South Korean leader to have met a North Korean leader twice, both times in the DMZ, a symbol of unending hostilities after the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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