Trump to host S.Korean President on May 22

The President’s assertion he would not cut the number of troops in the region comes despite claims he is looking at reducing America’s military presence in the South

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.

Trump revealed on Friday that a date and venue for the landmark meeting will be unveiled soon. "You know we have 32,000 troops there but I think a lot of great things will happen but troops are not on the table".

"The New York Times story is utter nonsense".

"President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit", the statement continued.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have discussed bilateral relationship and achieving peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in a telephonic conversation on Friday.

"We're doing very well with the hostages, we're in constant contact with the leadership, we're in constant contact with North Korea", the president said on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base.

A summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is also set to take place in the coming weeks, after decades of hostility between Pyongyang and Washington.

"There's a vast difference between blowing up a cooling tower and dismantling your only and, if what Kim said was right, functioning nuclear test site", he said, adding Kim was "giving away in advance one of the major chips he could have saved for the actual meeting with Trump". Kim Dong-chul, a business man in his mid-60s, has been detained in North Korea for two years. But momentum for diplomacy has built this year as the rival Koreas have patched up ties.

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According to the Yonhap news agency, the incident occurred in the town of Paju near the border with North Korea.

Besides, Trump has been dealing with Kim from a position of strength so far. Two weeks ago, shortly before the inter-Korean summit, Moon said Kim actually wasn't insisting on its long-standing demand for the withdrawal of USA troops as a precondition for abandoning the nuclear program.

National security adviser John Bolton said Friday that Trump "has not asked the Pentagon to provide options for reducing American forces stationed in South Korea". It was also the first time that the summit was being held in South Korea. "As I said yesterday, stay tuned", Trump said, referring to an earlier tweet. He's reported to have told President Moon that it was heartbreaking to see two different clocks at the Peace House, one showing South Korean time and the other showing North Korean time.

ReutersDonald Trump has previously threatened to "destroy" North Korea. "If they are gone, we will lose proof that the Americans will defend us".

Trump later acknowledged that Pompeo, who has since been confirmed as secretary of state, had met with Kim.

The White House is denying a published report that President Donald Trump is seeking options to reduce the US troop presence on the Korean peninsula. If he indeed concedes troop reductions for North Korea's denuclearisation, then the message going out to the world could be not as positive as it seemed earlier. "Much of the reason they are staying here will be gone".

South Korean police on Saturday prevented activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets to North Korea, citing an agreement reached at a historic inter-Korean summit last month.

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