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The US State Department says American officials are meeting with North Korean officials at the border village of Panmunjom as talks continue over a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Eight months later, he said "everyone" thought he should get the Nobel Peace Prize for a new approach that aimed to put him at a table with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, to negotiate denuclearisation.

During his two hour meeting with Kim, Moon said he urged both Washington and Pyongyang "to remove misunderstandings through direct communication and to have sufficient dialogue in advance through working-level negotiations on the agendas to be agreed upon at the summit".

Late on Saturday (US time), he said that things are moving "very nicely" towards the summit in Singapore. "I think the president has got the North Koreans in a place that any other president might not have managed to get done", said Sen.

"We've not been able to conduct the preparations between our two teams that would be necessary to have a successful summit", Pompeo said.

"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", the President said at the White House.

White House officials said Joe Hagin, a deputy White House chief of staff, is leading a separate delegation in Singapore, where the summit meeting had been scheduled to take place, to work out logistics: when the various meetings would take place, how much would be open to the press, which officials would be in the negotiating rooms, how to handle security concerns.

USA lawmakers said that while renewed discussions about the Trump-Kim summit are a positive step, the US can't give away too much and should be wary of any supposed commitments coming from Mr. Kim.

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Mr. Moon said he told Mr. Kim in return that Mr. Trump has a "firm resolve" to end hostile relations with North Korea and initiate economic cooperation if Pyongyang implements "complete denuclearization". We're looking at June 12 in Singapore.

Sung Kim, a former U.S. 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.

Moon was also contacted on Friday by North Korea.

These two have claimed to the media that they are to be credited for laying the foundation for the high-profile summit between the USA and North Korean leaders, now pending in the air. "And there's no more concrete sign that this is going forward than having that group of, that team of three, as reported by the Washington Post, sitting down with the North Koreans to hammer out those details", said Lee.

The two delegations are focused on the substance of any summit between the Trump and Kim Jong Un: the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. "It hasn't changed. So we'll see what happens".

And now we have USA officials on North Korean side of the DMZ.

But Mr. Moon also made clear that any steps to dial back Mr. Kim's nuclear capabilities could come with strings attached.

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