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Trump says that venue, date set for North Korea summit

Trump says that venue, date set for North Korea summit

The comments indicate that the summit - the first involving a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader - has been greenlit and likely to go ahead.

"The New York Times story is utter nonsense".

The Times report, which cited several unidentified officials briefed on the deliberations, said reduced troop levels were not meant to be a bargaining chip in Trump's upcoming summit with Kim.

The announcement of the decision to move to a single time with its southern neighbor, the DPRK authorities made on the basis of inter-Korean summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN and the leader of South Korea, moon Jae-In.

During the press conference, Trump was also asked about recent reports that three US citizens now held in North Korea would soon be released, though his answer was light on detail.

But Trump added that "at some point in the future, I'd like to save the money" that it costs to base 30,000 troops on the peninsula, a security arrangement that has been in place since the Korean War armistice in 1953.

North Korea is not the only country to have used time to assert its national identity.




"I think a lot of great things will happen but troops are not on the table", he said, referring to the ongoing negations with North Korea.

Foreign policy analysts have suggested that one of Kim's goals in his sudden diplomatic initiatives with the South and the United States is to "decouple" the United States from its longtime defense treaty allies in East Asia.

The latest development follows vice president Mike Pence postponing a planned trip to Brazil at the end of May to free up resources for President Trump's North Korea summit.

Kim is to meet with Trump in May or early June.

"We now have a date and we have a location, we'll be announcing it soon", Trump said.

Mr Trump has previously expressed a preference for meeting in the demilitarized zone between the North and South, but Singapore is also an option.

Trump also said that he was not considering reducing the USA military's presence in South Korea as part of the negotiations.


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