North Korea summit likely in Singapore

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Trump's potential moves on the Korean peninsula come as the US president is poised to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

North Korea promised to close its atomic test site next month and invite U.S. weapons experts to the country, Seoul said Sunday, as Donald Trump expressed optimism about securing a nuclear deal in his summit with the secretive regime.

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".

In Panmunjom, Kim had said he found it a "painful wrench" to see clocks at the summit venue showing different times for the two neighbors, KCNA reported earlier.

"For South Korea, living with a nuclear-armed North Korea is much better than living without American troops", said Shin Won-sik, a retired three-star South Korean general. The leaflets also denounce the North Korean government for their human rights abuses and defectors have vowed to challenge a ban on sending propaganda across the border. It was also the first time that the summit was being held in South Korea.

They began preparations to release balloons carrying about 150,000 leaflets that explain about the murder of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an worldwide airport in Kuala Lumpur a year ago.

North Korea says it is ready to discuss denuclearization and give up its nuclear program as long as the security of Kim's regime is guaranteed.

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President Donald Trump is touting his administration's tough approaches to North Korea and Iran.

Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of U.S. troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported, citing several people briefed on the deliberations.

The White House hasn't said whether Trump is willing to place US troop levels on the negotiating table when he meets with Kim. Moon's office said news that the White House was considering drawing down troops was "not true at all". "But if a peace treaty is signed, the USA troops are bound to peter out".

North Korea pushed its Pyongyang Time half an hour forward Saturday to match Korean Standard Time as recognized by Seoul.

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.

For decades, the USA military has protected South Korea and Japan under its nuclear umbrella, and it shares high-tech military surveillance and conducts annual joint war games preparing for any conflict.

"... Pyongyang time shall be reset into GMT+09:00 (30 minutes earlier than the present time) with the 135th degree of east longitude as prime meridian", the decree read.

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