Before the summit, Moon will meet Trump and have a telephone call with Kim. The detente continues: Pyongyang will evaluate the release of six South Korean prisoners guilty of proselytism and Moon promises that the South-North trade will continue. An inter-Korean taekwondo team in the Vatican.
Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The "long-awaited" summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump will be held on June 12, in Singapore. The news was given by Trump himself, with a tweet published yesterday, a few hours after the arrival of the three US prisoners freed by Kim.
The summit will be anticipated by a meeting between the US president and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, on 22 May. Also, it is likely that Moon will use the reopened direct line with Pyongyang for a telephone call with Kim.
Meanwhile, diplomatic progress continues on the peninsula. The Blue House reports that North Korea has promised that it will "consider the release" of six South Koreans arrested in 2013 on charges of espionage, after being discovered proselytizing at the border between China and North Korea. For his part, during a lunch at the Blue House with some artists, the South Korean president promised that Seoul will continue to expand its trade with Pyongyang. "I believe that people can move freely between the South and the North, and finally the day can come when South and North will once again be one."
Since the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the two Koreas have had several opportunities for exchange, with trips by crews and athletes in both countries. On 9 May, the world organization "World Taekwondo" announced that an inter-Korean team will hold a joint demonstration for Pope Francis in the Vatican, between June 1 and 3.