Trump to meet Moon over N/Korea's Kim Jong Un

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The media specified that despite the government's call to refrain from any agitation, North Korean defector-activists were going to launch balloons with propaganda materials against North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

The U.S. has been demanding the release of the trio and Trump appeared to lay the blame for their detention with the Obama administration who he said "has always been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp".

North Korea promised to close its atomic test site next month and invite United States weapons experts to the country, Seoul said Sunday, as Donald Trump expressed optimism about securing a nuclear deal in his summit with the secretive regime.

Trump is to meet with Kim in May or early June.

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North Korea on Friday at 2330 returned to Korean Standard Time (KST), bringing the two Koreas into the same time zone for the first time in close to three years.

Pyongyang has demanded as-yet-unspecified security guarantees to discuss its arsenal, but Kim could use the meeting to agree on "the range of nuclear weapons and facilities to be dismantled and specific time frame to do so", said Hong.

This is due to two reasons.

"The Bush administration did nothing", Trump said in February.

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The North once invited foreign observers and journalists to its main Yongbyon atomic complex in 2008 when it destroyed an aged cooling tower - with the dramatic explosion televised globally within hours.

The US-North Korea summit is expected soon after months of angry exchanges between their leaders. By accepting a summit, many Chinese see "art-of-the-deal" Trump as now responsible for what happens, and no longer requiring Chinese help. In contrast, I predict, the North will suggest a slower approach and extend the discussion to American weapons.

The North and the South have recently stated that USA military bases can remain in South Korea - an unprecedented Northern concession.

Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, which resulted in an agreement that broadly outlined the goals of "reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification". Trump is the largest unknown.

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Brian R. Gold has taught North Korean history at the University of Alberta, visited North Korea past year, and was a featured speaker at a forum on Canadian policy toward North Korea held in January by the University of British Columbia.