Trump to host S.Korean President on May 22


After successful recent Korean summit bringing North leader Kim Jong-un and his counterpart from South-Moon Jae-in across the table in demilitarized zone, preparations for Trump-Kim summit are reportedly nearly complete.

Trump and Moon will "continue their close coordination" on issues regarding the Korean peninsula and will discuss the inter-Korean summit that took place on April 27, as well as the United States president's upcoming summit with the North Korean leader, Efe reported.

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.

The Moon visit was announced after Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House on Friday.

Preparations for a Trump-Kim meeting have gained momentum since the Korean summit a week ago, which saw Pyongyang and Seoul promise to pursue the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace.

The White House has said the first meeting ever between sitting USA and North Korean leaders could take place in the coming weeks.

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Last week's South-North Summit, the third between leaders of the two countries, re-affirmed previously formulated steps for achieving peace dating back as far as 1972. Park swore to "let North Koreans know the truth" and "bring an end to the North's Kim Jong Un regime".

Al Jazeera's Kathy Novak, reporting from the South's capital, Seoul, said that "many people here are feeling a renewed hope about this country's relationship with North Korea".

They have yet to be released from North Korean custody. There have been no details about Kim's specific demands. In 1958, the USA stationed tactical nuclear weapons aimed at the North in South Korea.

South Korea's Blue House, the presidential office, said largely the exact same thing as the White House in its statement. In March, Washington and Seoul began negotiations on how much South Korea should offset the costs of the deployment in the coming years.

President Trump has said that removing those troops that act as a deterrent to North Korea is "not on the table", but there have been reports that Trump has asked the Pentagon to create plans for doing just that.

'I won't use the rhetoric now, ' he said.