United States team heading to Singapore to work on summit

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"We are having very productive talks 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 Twitter post. Three thousand miles away in Singapore, a team of United States logistics officials arrived late Monday and was expecting the arrival of a corresponding team from Pyongyang.

President Trump's decision to pull out of the summit with Mr Kim came just days after he hosted Mr Moon in a White House meeting where he openly cast doubts on the Singapore meeting but offered no support for continued inter-Korean progress, essentially ignoring the North's recent attempts to coerce the South. It was led by Joe Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

Earlier, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea.

"President Trump's stance on the North-US summit does not meet the world's desire for peace and stability both in the world and on the Korean Peninsula", a North Korean official said in a statement.

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A senior White House official said the North had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit, including a pledge to allow global inspectors to monitor its explosive destruction of its nuclear test site.

North Korea responded to Trump's announcement by saying it was willing "to sit down face-to-face with the USA and resolve issues anytime and in any format", but added that Trump was responsible for the derailed relations.

The summit would be an unprecedented meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, which Washington hopes will result in full denuclearisation of the reclusive state.

Trump rapidly tweeted that the statement was "very good news" and told reporters that "we're talking to them now". Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program. They discussed their shared goal of achieving "the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs".

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"What Kim is unclear about is that he has concerns about whether his country can surely trust the United States over its promise to end hostile relations (with North Korea) and provide a security guarantee if they do denuclearization", Moon said.

Trump dismissed the so-called Libya model. "We're going to see what happens". "We even inwardly hoped that what is called "Trump formula" would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue", he said.

Hours after a surprise meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas aimed at shoring up diplomacy, President Trump seemed to keep hope alive for a summit with Kim Jong Un to go ahead as planned on June 12 in Singapore.

Kim had requested a meeting with Moon to clarify what the "Trump model" meant, Yonhap news agency of South Korea reported, citing an unidentified foreign affairs source.

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