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USA officials worked with North Korea over the weekend on plans for the on-off-on meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as Trump continued to signal optimism for the sit-down.

Earlier on Friday, Trump told reporters the United States and North Korea still wanted to arrange a landmark meeting between the two leaders. Hours after releasing the letter, he declared hours later, "I really believe Kim Jong-un wants to do what's right". "It will happen!" Trump added.

A senior White House official said the North had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit, including a pledge to allow worldwide inspectors to monitor its explosive destruction of its nuclear test site.

Mr Trump's cancellation of the summit blindsided treaty ally South Korea, which had brokered the remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea has faced years of economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. "We are continuing to watch developments carefully". Pentagon official Randall Schriver was part of the US team, the official said. It was led by Joe Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

The meeting a border truce village came hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it's potentially back on.

In his letter, Trump warned Kim of the United States' greater nuclear might, reminiscent of his tweet previous year asserting that he had a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.While the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program, Pyongyang had always couched its language in terms of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang has rejected unilateral disarmament and has always couched its language in terms of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea responded to Trump's announcement by saying it was willing "to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format", but added that Trump was responsible for the derailed relations.

American officials are sceptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal. USA officials said the most likely document would provide a framework for future negotiations, without going into great detail about what North Korea might be willing to give up or what steps the United States would take in exchange.

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While the president did not detail the nature of the new USA communication with the North on Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the Pentagon, "The diplomats are still at work on the summit, possibility of a summit, so that is very good news".

President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. -North Korea summit on track. We're looking at June 12 in Singapore.

Trump on Thursday scrapped the summit after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials demanding unilateral disarmament.

North Korea issued an unusually restrained and diplomatic response to President Trump, saying it is still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, [in] any format".

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