Despite sending Kim Jong Un a letter calling off the summit, President Donald Trump continues to proceed as if the meeting is back on.
On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted out that plans were still ongoing regarding the upcoming summit between the two world leaders.
“Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,” wrote Trump.
“I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted big investments by US as well as international companies if North Korea gave up on its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.
“A US delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom,” said Heather Nauert of the State Department. “We continue to prepare for a meeting between the president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”
The US reportedly has new ramped-up sanctions ready to announce but has delayed their implementation as negotiations are still underway.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim at the border on Saturday in an attempt to get the summit meeting back on track. Moon stated that Kim himself requested the meeting.
“Chairman Kim clearly appealed once again that his intent to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is firm,” said Moon. “What’s unclear for Chairman Kim, in my opinion, is not his willingness for denuclearization, but whether he can certainly trust the US saying that it will end hostile relations and guarantee the security of his regime after his denuclearization.”
“If North Korea and the US are to have a summit, then their summit is possible only after they confirm each other’s intention on that regard,” he continued. “I’d like to say that the fact that North Korea and the US agreed to have a summit and working-level talks indicates that the US has already confirmed the North’s intentions.”
North Korea’s chief negotiator and Kim’s right-hand man Kim Yong Chol was seen leaving Beijing for New York, an indication that talks are continuing to progress in a positive direction.
“We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea,” said Trump. “Meetings are currently taking place concerning the summit, and more. Kim Yong Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea is heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”