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Kim, Moon of two Koreas hold talks in surprise meeting

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:08 AM, Agencies

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[Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met on the North Korean side of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone Saturday May 26. (Photo: South Korean Presidential Blue House)]

Seoul: Less than a month after their historic summit, the leaders of North and South Korea have met again at a border village amid hopes that the on-again-off-again talks between Pyongyang and Washington will actually happen.

US President Donald Trump had on Thursday announced the cancellation of his planned meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from North Korea.

However, on Friday Trump said he is in "fruitful talks with North" and is open to reinstating the talks. He also said that the two sides may reschedule the meeting with Kim Jong-un, perhaps even on the original June 12 date. "We'll see what happens," he said while talking to reporters.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in April in what was only the third meeting between the leaders of the two states. On Saturday, they spoke for two hours on the North Korean side of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone and discussed how to implement their declaration following their April 27 meeting, as well as the proposed talks between Kim and Trump.

"There is no reason why we should fight each other - we are one nation," Kim said in a joint statement with Moon after that meeting.

Pyongyang and Seoul also pledged to formally end the state of war between the two, which has been ongoing since a 1953 ceasefire agreement that brought to a halt large-scale hostilities.

The office of the South Korean president said the outcome of Saturday's surprise meeting will be announced on Sunday.

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