Trump suggests meeting Kim Jong-un at Korea's Peace House

Monday, 2018-04-30 23:13:13
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This photo shows the Peace House located on the southern side of the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018, where RoK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un held historic talks. US President Donald Trump suggests meeting Kim Jong-un at Korea's Peace House. (Photo: Yonhap).
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US President Donald Trump on April 30 suggested his planned meeting with North Korean (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un take place at the Peace House on the border between two Koreas, as preparations for the summit advance.

"Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea (the Republic of Korea – RoK), be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!" Trump said on Twitter.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim in weeks, and said in an interview on April 26 that he was considering five locations for his summit with the DPRK leader, although he has said multiple times that the talks may not happen.

The Peace House is in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, on the border between the two countries. It is the same site as the one that hosted Kim's historic meeting last week with the RoK president.

The choices of a venue for the Trump summit also include neutral third countries like Singapore, but US officials have been skeptical that Kim would be willing to travel far.

Last week the leaders of the two Koreas met and pledged to end hostilities and work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, seeming to increase the likelihood of the Trump-Kim summit. A war between two Koreas ended in July 1953 in a truce rather than an official peace treaty.

On April 27, Kim and RoK President Moon Jae-in vowed "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, a goal that the United States also seeks as it tries to prevent DPRK developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview broadcast on April 29 that his talks with Kim Jong-un convinced him there is a "real opportunity" for the DPRK leader and US President Donald Trump to reach a deal on ending DPRK's nuclear weapons program.

A survey taken on April 27, the day DPRK leader Kim Jong-un met RoK President Moon Jae-in, showed 64.7 percent believe the DPRK will denuclearize and keep peace. Before the summit, only 14.7 percent of those polled said they did, research agency Realmeter said on April 30.

Reuters
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