Trump says date, place set for North Korea summit

'Date is set' for Kim summit

'Date is set' for Kim summit

In the wake of the landmark inter-Korean summit last on April 28, the North and South Korean leadership agreed to stop dropping propaganda leaflets - decidedly much more of a concern for North Korea given the regime's need to tightly control the flow of information into the country to keep the people in submission.

The officials said, however, that a peace treaty between the two Koreas could diminish the need for the 23,500 USA soldiers now stationed on the peninsula, the newspaper said.

Two of the three detainees - Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim - were imprisoned in 2017 when Trump was in office.

The North once invited foreign observers and journalists to its main Yongbyon atomic complex in 2008 when it destroyed an aged cooling tower - with the dramatic explosion televised globally within hours.

Trump told the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas on Friday that he had toned down his rhetoric in anticipation of the talks after labelling Kim "Little Rocket Man" a year ago and threatening him with 'fire and fury'.

China and Japan called for dealing with the issue of denuclearisation of North Korea through dialogue and consultation. The previous two summits were held in 2000 and 2007 in North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

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The White House also denied Friday that Trump has ordered the Pentagon to present options for withdrawal of US forces from South Korea. The North Korean leader now awaits a meeting with US President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

It threatened an agreement by the Koreas not to conduct hostile activities before an historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare options plans for drawing down American troops. But troops are not on the table.

'I won't use the rhetoric now, ' he said.

Trump also hinted Friday that good news is coming on the three Americans now being held as prisoners by North Korea. Trump stunned almost everyone involved by agreeing on the spot.

"I feel sad to see that there are two clocks hung on the wall in the Peace House, one for Seoul time and the other for Pyongyang time", Kim reportedly said at the talks, speaking of a "painful wrench".

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