Trump and Moon Jae-in discuss DPRK summit, future of Korean Peninsula

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Donald Trump,Moon Jae-In President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with DPRK’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed, saying the summit “may not work out for June 12.”

Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in as the two leaders sought to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump and Moon address the press:

Trump told reporters: “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it happens later,” reflecting recent setbacks to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas.

The DPRK pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and the Republic of Korea forces, and it threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over the U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the peninsula.

Moon said in the Oval Office that the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks, telling the U.S. president that they were “one step closer” to the dream of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

“There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions.

Trump said Tuesday that he detected a shift after Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for a second time in China. Trump says he hopes China isn’t influencing Kim.

The U.S. and China have been negotiating over China’s large trade imbalance with the U.S. Trump also wants China to pressure the DPRK to give up its nuclear weapons.

Story by The Associated Press with additional information from CGTN.