Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

North Korea's Kim Jong Un Could Meet Trump In Singapore In June

North Korea's Kim Jong Un Could Meet Trump In Singapore In June

North Korea over the weekend called out the United States for "misleading" the American people by incorrectly crediting the recent summit between North and South Korea to the Trump administration's ongoing maximum pressure campaign.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in the next few months, although a time and place has not been publicly announced.

In the wake of Pyongyang's vow to cease its nuclear activities, North Korea and Japan have begun to show signs of reconciliation, however, the North's rhetoric has sharpened recently, since Tokyo has advocated stepping up global pressure on Pyongyang.

Earlier South Korea's official Yonhap news agency had reported that US military assets including F-22 stealth fighter jets were recently sent to participate in the joint annual South Korea-US air training.

The source said the most likely candidate for the location is now Singapore, not the border village of Panmunjom where Moon met Kim on April 27 in the first inter-Korea summit in 11 years.

The demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, and Singapore, are among the top choices being considered for the summit.

North Korea has noticeably toned down its bombastic rhetoric as the historic Trump-Kim summit approaches, but unresolved issues continue to threaten the pursuit of peace. "The fact that it was also the backdrop for the inter-Korean summit last month is perhaps the main factor counting against it".

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 statement read.

One contentious issue is whether the USA would pull troops from South Korea as part of an agreement with North Korea to end its nuclear program.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said on April 29 that Kim was ready to hold talks with Japan at "any time". "Now I'm trying to calm it down a little bit", he said.

"We're having very substantive talks with North Korea and a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages". "I had one of the fake news groups this morning, they were saying, 'What do you think President Trump had to do with it?' I'll tell you what, like how about everything".

Trump hinted at their impending release last week, tweeting, "Stay tuned!"

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