Trump pushes Korean truce village for Kim summit

Trump pushes Korean truce village for Kim summit

Trump pushes Korean truce village for Kim summit

Trump said he believes the choice of border space for negotiation purposes "amazing idea".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) sign for their joint declaration, titled the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, at Peace House on the South Korean side of Panmunjom, on April 27, 2018.

"There's something I like about it because you're there - if things work out, there's a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third party country", Trump said.

As a result, United States officials are still arguing for Singapore as a possible location for the talks, telling Trump it presents a more neutral option, the sources said.

North and South Korea made ambitious promises for peace on Friday, including to formally end the Korean War this year, but made only a vague commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" without specifics on how that key goal would be achieved.

It was the third summit between the two Koreas following meetings between Kim's late father Kim Jong Il and late South Korean presidents Kim Dae-Jung and Roh Moo-Hyun, in 2000 and 2007 respectively. "And maybe it won't", Trump said last week about his upcoming talks.

It wasn't clear whether his enthusiasm was stirred by the South Korean president's suggestion Monday that Trump could take the Nobel Peace Prize if the two Koreas win peace.

"We see this as the easiest first step to build military trust", said South Korean defence ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo, adding Seoul expected North Korea to follow suit.

While Mr Moon lauded Mr Trump's role in bringing together the two nations, experts have been less fulsome.

In March he told "I think it will most likely happen in May". But some Trump aides had been wary of having the president travel to meet Kim so close to his own turf, lest it appear too deferential and come off as a meeting between equally powerful world leaders. But there is still deep skepticism over whether Kim is truly willing to negotiate away the nuclear weapons that his country has built after decades of struggle.

China is the North's only major economic partner, but trade has declined by about 90 percent following Beijing's implementation of economic sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests.

Buoying prospects for the Trump-Kim summit was a North Korean announcement on Sunday that it would close its main nuclear test site next month. "Just asking!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.

"Ultimately, they need a country where both leaders have the security they need, to have a country where they can meet in common's a small number of countries to be honest" said Lee. But as usual, the president left open the possibility of pulling the plug on talks, saying: "If it's not a success, I will respectfully leave".

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