A magic embrace that would break layers of hostility encrusting the recent history of the Korean Peninsula at just one meeting between two dangerously powerful leaders with suspect capacity to wield their power responsibly always seemed like a tale told by an idiot full of sweet nothings signifying little.
But within 24 hours he reversed course, saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials. He also said that a date of June 12 in Singapore is still being considered for the meeting.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Friday that the government will do its part to faithfully implement the agreement reached by the leaders of the two Koreas last month, despite the USA decision to cancel the highly anticipated summit with the North.
Moon said Kim described the Singapore summit as a landmark opportunity to end decades of confrontation. "I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done", he said Saturday. Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the program.
"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having called off the meeting last week.
Specifically, Moon and Kim will hold "high-level talks" on Friday, the agency added.
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The flurry of diplomatic backslapping and bonhomie disappeared in recent weeks as the summit was thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top U.S. administration officials and Pyongyang.
"Kim stressed again that he had a firm determination towards complete denuclearisation", Moon told reporters on Sunday.
"The thing he was uncertain about was not denuclearization but concerns on whether he could trust that the U.S. would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearizes itself".
TRT World's Oliver Whitfield-Miocic has the latest from Seoul.
Video and a photo released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on Saturday showed Kim hugging Moon and kissing him on the cheek three times as he saw Moon off after their meeting at Tongilgak, the North's building in the truce village, which lies in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) - the 4km wide buffer that runs along the heavily armed military border.
Mr. Moon said he held Saturday's impromptu meeting, the second summit between the two sides in a month, at Mr. Kim's request.
The US President said they are still considering 12 June in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un.