South Korean President may join Trump, Kim at Singapore summit

Amidst the latest flip-flops by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un surrounding the summit meet in Singapore, there are reports that South Korean President Moon Jae-in could also join the meeting on June 12.

A government official from the South Korean presidential office said the trip will likely be made around June 12, reported news agency of South Korea Yonhap today.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

“The discussions are just getting started, so we are still waiting to see how they come out, but depending on their outcome, the president could join President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore,” the official said. 

Moon and Kim had initially proposed for a three-way summit when both the leaders first met at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.

The South Korean President raised the suggestion again on Sunday, one day after he held a second surprise meeting with Kim.

“Should the North Korea-US summit succeed, I would like to see efforts to formally end the (Korean) war through a three-way summit of the South, the North and the US,” said Moon in a media briefing.

Earlier, US President Trump cancelled the meeting with Kim which had been due to take place in Singapore on June 12 citing ‘open hostility’ from Pyongyang. However, within 24 hours he reversed course saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials.

A US team had already arrived in North Korea to prepare for a proposed summit between Trump and Kim.

Further, a ‘pre-advance team’ left for Singapore on Sunday morning to work on logistics.

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