Xi, Moon discuss bilateral ties, denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

06 May, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 'Date is set' for Kim summit

The Singapore-based Straits Time on Saturday quoted, a South Korean-based newspaper report that Singapore is the "strongest" place to host the summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Preparations for a Trump-Kim meeting have gained momentum since the Korean summit a week ago, which saw Pyongyang and Seoul promise to pursue the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace.

Trump's planned trip to meet with Kim has yet to be announced, but he told reporters on Friday that the date and location were worked out and would be announced soon.

Trump has suggested holding the meeting, which is expected in late May or early June, at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, where Moon and Kim met.

He reportedly ran a trade and hotel service company in Rason, a special economic zone on North Korea's border with Russian Federation. It was also the first time that the summit was being held in South Korea.

On April 27, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked whether it would be necessary to maintain the American troops on the Korean Peninsula if indeed there was a peace treaty, he said that was part of the issues that the US would be discussing with its allies first beside North Korea. "If they are gone, we will lose proof that the Americans will defend us".


"Trump will welcome President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to the White House on May 22, 2018", the White House said in a statement. "Much of the reason they are staying here will be gone".

North Korea pushed back its standard time by 30 minutes in August 2015, claiming the move was aimed at removing the vestige of Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. South Koreans reacted to Washington's past efforts to pull out troops with calls for arming the country with nuclear weapons of its own.

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

The South Korean government is concerned with preventing a military clash at the border, as a leaflet drop in 2014 actually led to a shoot out at the border between North and South Korean forces.

"If they shake the alliance for the sake of denuclearizing North Korea", he added, "we will have an economic crisis before a security crisis".

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