Trump is biggest unknown in looming North Korea summit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing China

In the wake of the landmark inter-Korean summit last on April 28, the North and South Korean leadership agreed to stop dropping propaganda leaflets - decidedly much more of a concern for North Korea given the regime's need to tightly control the flow of information into the country to keep the people in submission.

According to South Korea, Kim has said he would be willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the war and pledges not to attack the North.

The launch of balloons filled with propaganda leaflets or other media content banned in North Korea has been a source of tension between the two countries.

Trump has previously said the summit with North Korea will unfold in May or early June.

During the Trump-Kim summit, the position of the Trump administration (but not Trump himself) will be clear: North Korea must take substantial up-front action to reduce nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of USA troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations.

The summit's real goal is to improve the image of the dictatorial North Korean leader, and for South Korea's Moon to give all credit to the USA president, suggesting Trump win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Months ago, a meeting between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un seemed impossible, but now Trump says he would like to sit down with Kim and talk about the possibility of North Korea dismantling their nuclear program and removing all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.

When Kim stepped over the military demarcation line that divides the peninsula he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War hostilities ceased in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare options plans for drawing down American troops. 'But troops are not on the table'. "And I think you're going to be seeing very good things".

Another step may be the release of three Americans held in North Korea, which would be a significant show of goodwill from Kim. "As I said yesterday, stayed tuned".

Trump, speaking to reporters outside the White House, suggested activity was under way involving the captives.

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