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A clock above the central railway station in Pyongyang

US military presence in the country has been preserved to deter North Korea since the war ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

Trump has vowed to maintain his approach of "maximum pressure" on the North in the lead up to the talks, claiming they are the reason behind Pyongyang coming to the negotiating table.

I grew up in South Korea with the knowledge of the devastation that the war inflicted on the Korean people and of how the partitioning of its families left a lasting impression on us as a people and upon our culture. Pyongyang claims Kim himself is the driver of the current situation.

North Korea asserted that the United States was "deliberately" provoking the former, at a time when relations between Pyongyang and Seoul have cooled down rapidly following the historic inter-Korean summit last month.

CNN, citing an unnamed source, said the groundwork for the move came two months ago when North Korea's foreign minister traveled to Sweden and proposed the idea. The demilitarized zone and Singapore have both been mentioned as possible meeting sites. Trump has indicated that progress has been made.

"It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the USA miscalculates the peace-loving intention of [North Korea] as a sign of "weakness" and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats against the latter".

Trump has argued in the past that the American military presence in South Korea has mainly protected Japan and has not prevented Pyongyang from becoming a nuclear threat.

Tensions have run high between the two leaders over the past year, with both men trading threats of war and colourful personal insults. Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

The White House, meanwhile, has announced a separate meeting between Mr Trump and Moon at the White House on May 22 to "continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula".

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Eighteen Republicans last week signed a letter to "respectfully nominate" the president for his efforts to end the Korean War.

"We now have a date and we have a location". It's expected to happen sometime in late May or early June.

A USA official said on Wednesday the US government was looking into the reports.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-In met in April and pledged to push for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Yokota said markets in Korea have yet to price in the positive news.

According to experts, North Korea took a strong stand ahead of the talks to convey to the world the message that it was taking part in the meeting as an equally strong party and not as one which is doing so under pressure.

"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time", the state news agency reported.

"I feel sad to see that there are two clocks hung on the wall in the Peace House, one for Seoul time and the other for Pyongyang time", Kim reportedly said at the talks, speaking of a "painful wrench". I think you're going to be seeing very, very good things.

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