Trump to host S.Korean President on May 22

Hugh Fox
May 6, 2018

President Donald Trump says withdrawing USA troops from South Korea is "not on the table" as he prepares for a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has offered to close its nuclear test site this month - and invited USA experts to verify the move.

On Saturday the North's state media hailed the inter-Korea summit as a "historic meeting", adding that Kim and Moon "confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

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.

The two leaders will discuss Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim, it said in a statement.

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

He vowed to continue efforts to send leaflets over the border to "let North Koreans know the truth" and "bring an end to the North's Kim Jong Un regime".

ICAO Asia and Pacific Regional Director Arun Mishra will travel to North Korea with the director of the agency's air navigation bureau, Stephen Creamer, to open discussion on air navigation and safety issues, according to Philbin.

"We're really doing well with North Korea", he said, adding that he had agreed to temper his rhetoric - such as branding Kim Jong Un a "Rocket man" and threatening "fire and fury" previous year as nuclear tensions spiked.

His comment comes after the New York Times, citing several people briefed on the deliberations, reported on Thursday that the president was seeking options to curb the number of American troops stationed in South Korea. "We will lose confidence that if war breaks out, we can win". "Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea", Trump tweeted.

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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. "But if a peace treaty is signed, the USA troops are bound to peter out".

That event did not slow the North's nuclear drive, but the situation looks more upbeat this time, Hong Min, analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, told AFP.

A group of North Korean defectors in South Korea has been forced to give up its campaign to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border after a police intervention.

Trump is addressing a report that he had asked the Pentagon to prepare plans for scaling back the US military presence in South Korea, as he has complained that South Korea does not do enough to financially support that commitment.

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.

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