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U.S., North Korean leaders may hold summit on June 12 after all

All Monday morning papers reported that President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are apparently eager to hold a summit on June 12 in Singapore as originally planned. Mainichi said that following a surprise meeting between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday, the process for holding the U.S.-DPRK summit seems to be back on track. The paper speculated, however, that realizing the summit will be difficult since the U.S. and North Korea have not completely agreed on the process of denuclearization or the security of the regime. 

 

Yomiuri wrote that President Moon told reporters after his meeting with Kim Jong Un on Saturday that the North Korean leader reiterated his commitment to “complete denuclearization” and said he was willing to hold working-level meetings with the U.S. to realize a summit on June 12. Meanwhile, the paper said President Moon also acknowledged that although the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea share the same view on denuclearization, discussions on the roadmap for denuclearization will be necessary. The daily said that the working-level meetings between the U.S. and DPRK will focus on whether an agreement will be reached between the U.S., which is calling for immediate and complete denuclearization, and North Korea, which is hoping for a regime guarantee and rewards for phased denuclearization.

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