Washington announced on Saturday it will send a planning team to Singapore to prepare for a possible summit with Kim Jong Un, even though it remains unclear if the negotiations with Pyongyang will go ahead.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit with Kim, originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, yet it seems there is some possibility the talks can be salvaged.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on Saturday morning saying that a “pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place.”
The announcement came as Trump took to social media to lambast a New York Times article which claimed that it was now too late for the summit to take place as originally scheduled.
“The Failing @nytimes quotes ‘a senior White House official,’ who doesn’t exist, as saying ‘even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed,'” Trump tweeted.
“WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.”
The U.S. president also criticised the article for claiming that there was discord within the White House about how to deal with North Korea.
“There is ZERO disagreement within the Trump Administration as to how to deal with North Korea…and if there was, it wouldn’t matter,” Trump added via the social media platform.
Despite the turbulent summit preparations, on the same day, the Koreas seemed to get their negotiations back on track after South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un for the second time in 30 days.
The surprise summit between the two leaders took place in Panmunjeon on the inter-Korean border, and marks yet another turnaround from when Pyongyang called off talks with the South on May 15 over joint U.S. – ROK military drills.
“The two leaders exchanged their opinions candidly for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration of April 27 and the successful hosting of the North-U.S. Summit,” Presidential Senior Secretary for Public Relations Yoon Young-chan said in a statement.
“The results of the talks will be announced by the president at 10 am tomorrow.”
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Featured Image: Singapore City by choymoi on 2011-12-30 00:32:30