At a higher level, meanwhile, the North Korean leader's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol flew to NY to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump wrote in a tweet, hailing the formation of a "great team" for the talks. During Saturday's inter-Korean summit, the Korean leaders agreed to "positively co-operate with each other as ever to improve (North Korea)-U.S. relations and establish (a) mechanism for permanent and durable peace".
They agreed to have their top officials meet again on June 1.
An intelligence assessment compiled by the CIA and described to NBC News by three USA officials concludes that the Kim Jong Un regime is not prepared to let go of its nuclear arsenal, a finding at sharp odds with some of Trump's recent claims.
On May 16, North Korea criticized US national security adviser John Bolton, who had called for North Korea to quickly give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that would mirror Libya's abandonment of its program for weapons of mass destruction. The North hasn't openly repeated those same demands after Kim's sudden outreach to Seoul and Washington.
In remarks on Sunday, Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what denuclearisation means and urged them to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.
Kim Yong Chol is to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
His abrupt decision to pull out of the meeting had blindsided South Korea and Moon, who had been brokering a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang in a bid to avoid a devastating conflict. The U.S. officials are led by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Manila, who formerly was the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and a top negotiator with North Korea in past nuclear talks.
While Kim Yong Chol's possible trip to the United States could further brighten the prospects for the summit, history shows that things could still crumble at the last minute even after an exchange of high-level officials. Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk also did not say whether Seoul knew of any US plans regarding Kim Yong Chol's visit, such as whether he and Pompeo would meet.
Trump and Kim Jong Un were set to meet June 12 in Singapore, but Trump last week announced he was pulling out. Kim, who is now ambassador to the Philippines, also served as ambassador to South Korea and was part of the US negotiating team that last held substantive denuclearization talks with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration in 2005.
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The White House confirmed Tuesday it's actively preparing for an "expected" summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th, just days after the President threatened to cancel the meeting over Kim's "open hostility" towards the US.
During his tenure as a senior intelligence official, Kim was accused by South Korea of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean navy ship and an island in 2010, and was linked by USA intelligence to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures in 2014. The two leaders embraced as Moon departed.
He appears to be very close to Kim Jong-un as he sat directly next to him in the most recent inter-Korean summit.
When asked about the talks between Moon and Kim, the president replied, "the talks have gone very well".
Analysts believe the US side will be seeking to determine whether North Korea is willing to agree on sufficient steps towards denuclearisation to allow a summit to take place.
The former spy chief will be the most senior North Korean official to enter the U.S.in almost 20 years, having literally sat at Kim Jong-un's right side during last month's breakthrough inter-Korean summit.
Trump told reporters Friday he appreciated their statement and that dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang was ongoing.
She says preparations are moving ahead for "a meeting" between the two leaders.