The president talks North Korea after meeting with Joshua Holt

Monday, 28 May, 2018

Trump responded to reporters' questions about the summit saying that it was "moving along very nicely". "North Korea summit happens, it will be in Singapore on June 12".

China, South Korea and the USA all back denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but differ on how to make that happen.

Surprised Singaporeans pursued North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday before realising the portly man with slick black hair near the Marina Bay Sands hotel was an impersonator. His administration may be wary of acting precipitously on new sanctions while efforts are under way to salvage the meeting, aimed at forging a denuclearisation deal with North Korea that could defuse tensions dating to the 1950s on the Korean Peninsula.

Sung Kim, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his posting as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

U.S. officials have arrived in North Korea to start preparations for still-unconfirmed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the Washington Post reported after conflicting signals from the USA president on the meeting's fate.

"I conveyed President Trump's firm resolve to end hostile relations and provide economic cooperation if Chairman Kim brings about complete denuclearization", Moon said, adding that he briefed Kim Jong-un on his meeting with US President Donald Trump.

On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the special USA "pre-advance" delegation from the U.S. administration would go to Singapore. Korea summit an opportunity to make substantial progress on North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues. The last 10 days have passed like a roller coaster ride for the two countries, with North Korea threatening to pull back from summit and criticizing US with the usual North Korean statements.

Mr Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.

North Korean diplomat Kim Kye Gwan said Pyongyang's recent criticisms had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric, and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.

The months-long war of words between Kim and Trump in 2017 had to do with their disagreement over North Korea's nuclear program.

That's according to his South Korean negotiating partner, President Moon Jae-in, who met on Kim's request. There has been no response yet to Saturday's developments in Korea from official U.S. channels.

A Pentagon official and the White House National Security Council's Korea expert also traveled with Kim to meet with the vice foreign minister of North Korea.

Howard X also made an appearance as Kim at the Winter Olympics in Gangneung in South Korea in February, bewildering North Korean cheerleaders who initially thought their leader had walked into a hockey stadium. The two Koreas are technically still at war, with the 1950-53 Korean War having ended in an armistice.

In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Moon, however, said that the process of drawing up a roadmap for denuclearization will not be easy.