Trump to meet N.Korea's Kim in May or June

Trump to meet N.Korea's Kim in May or June

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un either next month or in early June.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang.

DPRK is the acronym for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He said the two sides will discuss the denuclearization of North Korea and expressed hope for an improvement in ties.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently agreed to a meeting with Kim, to be held by the end of May.

"Hopefully it will be a relationship that will be much different than it has been for many, many years ago", he said, according to the New York Post.

The US State Department has been in contact with the North Korean UN mission, while the intelligence services of both countries have been conducting parallel talks.

But the talk of phased and synchronized measures triggered concerns that it may herald a setback to the implementation of a potential package deal, which is sought by the USA and South Korea, given the secretive regime's track record of reneging on previous agreements that followed a "word-for-word" and "action-for-action" approach. Trump said: "They've said so".

The meeting will be the third summit between the two Koreas.

The reports said USA and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently in which Pyongyang directly confirmed its willingness to hold the unprecedented summit.

"Now, when we meet with North Korea, it will be very interesting for the whole world", said trump.

"Kim Jong Un made a decision to go to the negotiating table because he judged that once he became a nuclear power", he said, "the US would be much more interested in talking to him".

According to a diplomatic source cited by Yomiuri, if the United States "faithfully takes part in the summit", the North Korean leader is ready to be more active and open to receiving worldwide scrutiny and inspection on dismantling his nuclear programs, compared to past agreements such as the Geneva Agreement in 1994 and the Six-Party Agreement in 2005.

Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar is also considered as one of the possible locations, the report added.

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