South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a surprise move, spent two hours together at the truce village of Panmunjom, and had a candid discussion about the potential U.S. -Korea meeting, Moon's office said in text message.
North and South Korea's leaders held surprise talks on Saturday after President Donald Trump cast an uncertain pall over the turbulent Korean peninsula by cancelling a historic summit with Pyongyang only to suggest it might still go ahead.
Koh Yu-hwan, am expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday's meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.
"The two leaders exchanged their candid views on the implementation of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration and successful opening of the North-US summit", the statement said.
Moon's meeting with the North Korean leader is likely part of an effort to reach an understanding as to what steps Kim would be willing to take toward denuclearization after the Kim regime expressed frustration with the U.S.'s demands that it give up its nuclear weapons.
Despite the turbulent summit preparations, on the same day, the Koreas seemed to get their negotiations back on track after South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un for the second time in 30 days.
Mr Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to angrily dismiss media speculation that the summit, even if reinstated, could not now be held in Singapore in the existing time frame. "North Korea dialogue. We are continuing to watch developments carefully".
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Kim Kye Gwan said, "North Korea had appreciated Trump having made the bold decision to work toward a summit".
If the summit plans follows through, it would be the first time a sitting USA president and North Korean leader would meet.
The publication published an article Friday on the rescheduling of the summit set to take place between North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore.
A White House team is traveling to Singapore to prep for the June 12 meeting between Kim and Trump. Photos showed that Kim's sister, Yo-jong, widely believed to be a key player in her brother's inner circle, was also present. "It was a very nice statement they put out".
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.
United States officials said the final straw came when a North Korean Foreign Ministry official called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and hinted that Pyongyang was ready for a "nuclear showdown" should diplomacy fail.