North Korea calls USA claims about upcoming summit "misleading"

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Last week, the President of the United States, Donald trump told reporters that the date and place of their meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN has already been determined and would be announced soon.

Not only is North Korea upset that credit for the changes in Korea is going to Trump, but it is also furious the maximum pressure campaign is continuing.

The South's Yonhap news agency carried a similar report.

Also, both the United States of America and North Korea have embassies in Singapore, making it easier for their officials to prepare for the summit.

Besides Singapore, analysts have speculated that the venue for the Trump-Kim meeting could also be Mongolia, which Kim could travel to by bulletproof train.

"Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country?"

At the summit, Kim agreed to a number of measures aimed at improving North-South ties and indicated he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula, though exactly what that would entail and what conditions the North might require have not yet been explained.

The spokesman was quoted as saying: "The US is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation".

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The White House said Mr Trump would host Mr Moon at the White House on May 22, in talks aimed at demonstrating allied unity before the summit. He also threatened the North Korean leader with "fire and fury".

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one".

South Korea's presidential Blue House said on April 29 that Kim was ready to hold talks with Japan at "any time".

Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of United Nations and U.S. sanctions in recent years in a bid to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes. As I said yesterday, stay tuned.

Trump hinted at their impending release last week, tweeting, "Stay tuned!"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at his swearing-in ceremony last week, said the US will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations when it comes to limiting the nuclear programs of rogue nations.

He said the USB, which contained a plan for tens of billions worth of economic development in North Korea including railways and energy, sent the message to Kim: "We're serious about working with you for what we think is your real ambition - to be a wealthy East Asian country".

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