Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Seoul officials recommended Panmunjom as US-North Korea summit venue

Seoul officials recommended Panmunjom as US-North Korea summit venue

There has been much speculation over the location of historic summit.

The North's official news agency KCNA quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as criticising the United States for what it calls "misleading" claims that Washington's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

Kim and Mr Trump are expected to meet later this month or in early June.

But Trump left open the possibility of a future adjustment to the USFK, whether in size or maintenance costs, noting, "Now, I have to tell you, at some point into the future, I would like to save the money", a remark that reflects his oft-spoken campaign remarks in which he complained about the US bearing too much financial burden to defend other countries. It is where an armistice treaty was signed by the USA -led United Nations Command on behalf of South Korea and the North Korean and Chinese militaries on July 27 in 1953, halting the war that left much of the peninsula in ruins. Kim said he had no reason to "live in difficulties" because of his nuclear arsenal if he can build trust with the US, according to Moon's spokesman.

Trump himself told reporters on the same day that a time and place has been set for his first meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong-un, although he did not provide further details about the arrangements except to say it will be "very soon".

It would not be conducive to resolving the issue of denuclearisation if Washington miscalculated North Korea's "peace-loving intention" as a sign of weakness and continued to pursue its pressure and military threats, KCNA said.

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"I have no doubt their hope is to divide us from our allies in South Korea, to ease some of the sanctions, to ease the pressure coming from China so that they are not so isolated in the world", he said.

Although Trump has placed considerable faith in South Korean leader Moon's efforts to patch up relations with North Korea, the USA president has long complained that South Korea does not do enough to financially support the American military commitment. Singapore was also believed to be a potential site.

The US stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the war.

The bilateral relations between the two Korean countries are gearing up after the inter-Korean summit was conducted successfully in April after a gap of three decades. Later, the leaders planted a tree and talked privately for 30 minutes with television cameras rolling.

But a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry accused the U.S. of "deliberately provoking" Pyongyang in an effort to undermine the current "atmosphere of dialogue".

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