South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump said his summit with Pyongyang could still go ahead.
The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential office, said the two leaders held unexpected talks for two hours in the truce village of Panmunjom, where they had met last month and made a declaration vowing to improve ties.
“They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit,” the Blue House said in a statement, adding Moon would make a personal statement on Sunday morning.
Kim, in a telling line from a dispatch issued by the North’s state-run news service on Sunday, “expressed his fixed will on the historic (North Korea)-US summit talks.”
The two Korean leaders agreed to “positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-US relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace.”