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Trump signals timeline for North Korea summit could slip

Trump signals timeline for North Korea summit could slip

US President Donald Trump said Monday he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month or in early June, after a report that Pyongyang was ready to discuss denuclearization at the summit.

Mr Kim's remarks on Monday did not specifically refer to a summit with Mr Trump. This is the first update on the timing of the planned summit since it was announced.

Kim then invited President Trump, through a South Korean envoy, to a future meeting.

"The North's approach toward to the U.S.is still cautious", Kim said.

Trump said the planned meeting with Kim "will be exciting, I think, for the world".

CNN reported that North Korea wants to have the meeting in its capital, Pyongyang, and that preparations are underway for a possible meeting between Pompeo and the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea's intelligence agency.

Trump has said that Kim is suddenly interested in talking with the outside world because of his "maximum pressure" campaign against the North Korean leader.

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On Sunday, the White House confirmed that North Korea had told the United States it was willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In South Korea, meanwhile, there are growing signs that Moon Jae-in's government is about to enter its own summit with Kim Jong-un - the third inter-Korean summit later this month - with a different set of assumptions.

Though Kim Jong-un has yet to clarify what steps he has in mind for the United States and South Korea, it's highly likely that in order for any concessions from the North Korean side, Kim will request serious modifications to the US presence on the Korean peninsula.

Kim sent a high-profile delegation to the Winter Games in the South in February, before making his worldwide debut last month with a visit to Beijing - his first overseas trip since taking power in 2011.

South Korea has been keen to lower tensions on the peninsula and some fear that it could bend to Pyongyang's demands.

"North Korea is striving to improve ties with the South and the United States to end its status as a pariah country and establish itself as a normal state". Ri also paid a visit last month to Sweden, which acts as a diplomatic go-between for Washington and Pyongyang. He did not clarify where the session might take place.

The North has previously demanded the withdrawal of United States troops based in the South and the end of the security alliance between Seoul and Washington - an extraordinary concession that it is hard to imagine any previous U.S. president acceding to.