Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Singapore likely to host Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in June

Singapore likely to host Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in June

Trump is due to meet Kim to discuss the North's nuclear weapons program in the first-ever meeting of sitting leaders from the two countries, with the US president saying Friday that the two sides had decided on a time and place.

North Korea on Sunday criticized what it called "misleading" claims that President Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

Kim is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump next month - reportedly in Singapore, with denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula high on the agenda.

"Pyongyang Time" was created as tensions between the authoritarian country and the USA grew over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and worldwide sanctions aimed at dismantling it.

The Trump administration was additionally denounced for continuing to publicly raise North Korea's longstanding human rights issues.

Trump told reporters on Friday that arrangements for the meeting had been set but didn't elaborate any further.

Bolton met his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in Washington late last week to discuss plans for both locations, according to local media reports.

While the United States and the executive branch believes its sanctions and tough diplomacy against North Korea is working, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official thinks otherwise.

The planned summit is being watched closely as it will be the first meeting between sitting leaders of the USA and North Korea.

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"President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit", the White House added.

Trump said that the two sides had settled on a date and location for the summit - without providing details.

The criticism comes weeks before the U.S.

"The USB makes the case to Kim - there really is another path for you", John Delury, an expert in North Korean affairs at Seoul's Yonsei University, told Axios.

The two leaders struck a common and friendly cord on other issues dividing their countries, including measures for assisting in facilitating family reunions divided by the 1950 war between the two countries.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", the spokesman was quoted as saying.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said on April 29 that Kim was ready to hold talks with Japan at "any time". "And a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages". As I said yesterday, stay tuned. Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

At that speech in MI, the crowd chanted "Nobel, Nobel, Nobel", possibly suggesting the president deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements. A dispatch from the North's Korean Central News Agency says that promise was fulfilled Saturday by a decree of the nation's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

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