Denuclearisation pledge not result of US-led sanctions, says N Korea

Clocks show time in Seoul left and Pyongyang at the Peace House in the demilitarised zone in the border village

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend a banquet on the Peace House at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018.

Singapore has become the most likely site for a landmark summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in mid-June, reports have said, as the two nations move closer to formally announcing a date and location. "What we need is only peace", Moon recently told a group of South Korean officials.

He also criticised Washington for its ongoing "pressure and military threats" and its position that such pressure won't be eased until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons completely.

Trump's "leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with global solidarity brought us to this juncture", Moon's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong told reporters in March.

According to Yonhap, a source familiar with preparations for the U.S.

The United States should not "deliberately provoke" the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues, KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

The potential economic benefits of cooperation also bolster hopes of peace between North Korea and the US.

Trump said that the two sides had settled on a date and location for the summit - without providing details.

The two leaders struck a common and friendly cord on other issues dividing their countries, including measures for assisting in facilitating family reunions divided by the 1950 war between the two countries. "The fact that it was also the backdrop for the inter-Korean summit last month is perhaps the main factor counting against it". The president stated that in anticipation of the talk, he has had to restrain himself from making certain comments about Kim Jong Un, particularly restraining from calling him "Rocket Man".

The criticism comes weeks before the U.S.

He added: "Stayed tuned".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said if North Korea were to free the three Americans ahead of the summit "we certainly would see this as a sign of good will". "I had one of the fake news groups this morning, they were saying, 'What do you think President Trump had to do with it?' I'll tell you what, like how about everything".

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize". "We're having very substantive talks with North Korea".

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