North Korea goes back to the future, by 30 minutes

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

Trump and Moon are expected to talk about the president's upcoming meeting with Kim, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, the press release said. Trump this week expressed a preference for the DMZ but also said Singapore was possible.

"No, strength is going to keep us out of nuclear war, not going to get us in!" he added. It also said that complete withdrawal of 28,500 USA troops from the Korean Peninsula was unlikely and cited the sources as saying that a reconsideration of the size and configuration of the troops was the call of the hour, irrespective of the rapprochement with North Korea.

Moon moved quickly Friday to calm jitters about a USA troop reduction, especially among older conservatives who consider the US military's presence a sacrosanct symbol of national security and are deeply dubious of Kim's intentions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have discussed bilateral relationship and achieving peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in a telephonic conversation on Friday.

The North once invited foreign observers and journalists to its main Yongbyon atomic complex in 2008 when it destroyed an aged cooling tower - with the dramatic explosion televised globally within hours.

The launch of balloons filled with propaganda leaflets or other media content banned in North Korea has been a source of tension between the two countries.

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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. "I think a lot of great things will happen". That's where Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last Friday.

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

But the phrase is a diplomatic euphemism open to interpretation on both sides. 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.

Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector and leader of an anti-North Korea civic group, speaks as he prepares to release balloons containing leaflets denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, near the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea, May 5, 2018.

North Koreans also have their own calendar.

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