Trump hints Kim meeting set, denies troops' exit ever in plan

President Donald Trump talks to the media as he leaves for Dallas to address the National Rifle Association Friday

President Donald Trump talks to the media as he leaves for Dallas to address the National Rifle Association Friday

At the time of its creation, the North said that Pyongyang Time was aimed at pushing back against Japanese colonial rule, which took place from 1910 to 1945 and saw the clocks in Korea changed to match Tokyo time.

The Moon visit was announced after Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House on Friday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim pledged to work for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula at a summit on their heavily fortified border on April 27.

Trump, speaking at the annual National Rifle Association in Dallas on Friday, says it was his "position of strength" that is bringing Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare options for drawing down American troops. "The two leaders also will discuss President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un".

The previous two summits were held in 2000 and 2007 in North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

Trump suggested earlier this week that the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas - scene of the historic Kim-Moon talks - could also be an appropriate venue for his own meeting with Kim. Two weeks ago, shortly before the inter-Korean summit, Moon said Kim actually wasn't insisting on its long-standing demand for the withdrawal of US troops as a precondition for abandoning the nuclear program.

North and South Korea are now vastly different societies, one a democratic member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development club of developed countries, and the other an impoverished, hereditary one-party state left isolated by its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korean defector-activists in the South are criticizing the South Korean government for restricting activities of civic groups.

The DPRK adopted so-called Pyongyang time on the August 15 Liberation Day holiday in 2015, at the time arguing that conventional Korean Standard Time was based on the longitude of Japan and thus not suitable for Korea.

When Kim stepped over the military demarcation line that divides the peninsula he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War hostilities ceased in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

The White House is denying a published report that President Donald Trump is seeking options to reduce the USA troop presence on the Korean peninsula.

Dozens of activists, including North Korean defectors, gathered near a lookout in the South Korean border city of Paju at around noon on Saturday.

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