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Right on time: North Korea adjusts time zone to match South Korea

The President’s assertion he would not cut the number of troops in the region comes despite claims he is looking at reducing America’s military presence in the South 'Date is set' for Kim summit
Jay Anderson | 06 May, 2018, 00:00

Moon met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month, and both sides promised to pursue the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace.

The White House has said the first meeting ever between sitting United States and North Korean leaders could take place in the coming weeks.

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

Kim also slammed speculation during his meeting with Moon that the Punggye-ri test site was already unusable after an underground tunnel there reportedly collapsed.

ReutersDonald Trump has previously threatened to "destroy" North Korea.

While Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton rubbished the report a few times, the Blue House or the official residence of the South Korean president also said the report did not say it right.

The summit's real goal is to improve the image of the dictatorial North Korean leader, and for South Korea's Moon to give all credit to the USA president, suggesting Trump win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Chung provided Bolton with a detailed readout of the Moon-Kim meeting, said the White House in another statement.




Chung told reporters afterward that it was 'unacceptable that the issue of the U.S. forces Korea keeps being raised'.

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare options plans for drawing down American troops.

The US president added, however: "Now I have to tell you, at some point into the future, I would like to save the money". But troops are not on the table.

That decision saw the country change its time to UTC+8.5: a half hour behind South Korea - a move the North Korean leader last week said he would reverse.

"We now have a date and we have a location, we'll be announcing it soon", Trump told reporters on Friday about his summit, as he left the White House on a trip to Texas. Trump's "fire and fury the world has never seen before" and "small rocket man" statements were met with Kim's threat to hit anywhere on USA territory. "As I said yesterday, stayed tuned".

Sensing the impact that the NYT report could have on the proceedings, both the US and South Korea objected to it saying it was untrue.

US President Donald Trump has also hinted on Friday at progress in winning the release of three Americans held in North Korea. Trump stunned almost everyone involved by agreeing on the spot.

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