Leaders of North and South Korea Hold Surprise Meeting

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace each other after their meeting at the northern side of the Panmunjom in North Korea, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Kim and Moon have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP)

The leaders of North and South Korea held a surprise meeting Saturday, their second in a month, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for two hours at the Demilitarized Zone, the South Korean presidency said in a statement.

The two “exchanged their opinions” on among other things successfully carrying out a future US-North Korea summit, according to the statement. On Thursday, Trump called off a June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore but then told reporters Friday he’s still open to a conference.

Moon will announce the result of his meeting with Kim on Sunday morning local time, the South Korean statement said.

In a tweet Friday, Trump maintained “very productive talks” were continuing on the North Korean summit.

“We are having very productive talks with North Korea 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 wrote.

Moon, who has been a mediator between Trump and Kim, called an emergency meeting in the middle of the night after Trump called off the June summit in a letter to Kim.

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SOURCE: CNN, Jungeun Kim and Theresa Waldrop