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5/28/2018 11:00:12 AM

South Korea's Moon Jae-in may join Trump, Kim for Singapore summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in could join U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a three-way summit next month.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in (left) could join U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a three-way summit next month. (Photos: Reuters, AFP)

According to a Yonhap news report on Monday (May 28th), a government official from the presidential office said the trip will likely be made around June 12th.

"The discussions are just getting started, so we are still waiting to see how they come out, but depending on their outcome, the president could join President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore," the official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

A three-way summit was proposed by Moon and Kim when they first met at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27th , Yonhap said.

Moon raised the suggestion again on Sunday, one day after he held a second, surprise meeting with Kim.

"Should the North Korea-U.S. summit succeed, I would like to see efforts to formally end the (Korean) war through a three-way summit of the South, the North and the U.S.," Moon told a press briefing.

Cheong Wa Dae earlier said the Seoul government was already studying the possibility of a three-way summit following a successful U.S.- North Korea summit but that nothing has been decided or even discussed between the countries.

The official speaking to Yonhap noted a three-way summit in Singapore will largely depend on the outcome of ongoing pre-summit talks between the United States and North Korea, suggesting Moon's Singapore trip will likely be decided before the U.S.-North Korea summit even begins.

Trump said on Sunday a U.S. team had arrived in North Korea to prepare for a proposed summit between him and Kim, which Trump pulled out of last week before reconsidering.

In addition to those talks, the White House said a "pre-advance team" left for Singapore - where the summit has been expected to take place - on Sunday morning to work on logistics./.

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