'Date is set' for Kim summit

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United States and South Korean officials have maintained contact ahead of the Trump-Kim meeting, and President Moon is headed to the White House on May 22 to discuss related matters.

North Korea has offered to close its nuclear test site this month-and invited U.S. experts to verify the move.

It threatened an agreement by the Koreas not to conduct hostile activities before an historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Friday, the White House announced Moon Jae-In will visit Washington DC on May 22nd.

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Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector and a leader of the activist group sending leaflet balloons into North Korea, warned that South Korea has become "intoxicated by Kim Jong Un's peace offensive". While the summit, the first time a North Korean leader had ever stepped into the democratic South, was flawlessly executed in terms of optics, it was decidedly less effective in providing steps for "denuclearizing" the peninsula.

Xi laid emphasis on the bilateral ties, saying that Beijing is willing to boost the relationship between the two countries by enhancing communication with South Korea, deepening pragmatic cooperation, and promoting cultural exchanges.

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. This divide may be bridged by unprecedented North Korean nuclear arsenal cuts in exchange for unprecedented USA diplomatic ties and economic aid.

But for Trump to contemplate withdrawing troops now would be a quixotic move as he enters into negotiations with Kim whose demands and intentions are uncertain. In 1958, the US stationed tactical nuclear weapons aimed at the North in South Korea.

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Also on Friday, U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton met here with Chung Eui-yong, visiting top national security adviser to Moon.

South Korea's Blue House, the presidential office, said largely the exact same thing as the White House in its statement. Trump has also mentioned Singapore as a possible meeting place.

Another step may be the release of three Americans held in North Korea, which would be a significant show of goodwill from Kim.

"Given this is only a conciliatory move in the build-up to the summit, I think the meeting is likely to produce something more concrete", he said.

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