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July 20 2018, 08:30 | Irvin Gilbert
U.S. President Donald Trump waves after he arrived at the White House
-North Korea summit planned for later this month or early June, and after last month's historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Undoubtedly fixated on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, President Trump and other government officials are saying the president is responsible for bringing the two Korea's to the peace table with his policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions and this will lead to a possible denuclearization of the region. The warm relationship between the two leaders can be best explained by the North Korean leader's remark that the North and South Korean people are "one people" and that they shall never go into war again.
But Graham, a former British diplomat who served in Pyongyang, noted that "Trump is clearly curious to see North Korea up-close".
Trump told reporters that there would be an announcement soon.
Citing several diplomatic sources, the reportsaid the meeting will likely occur between June 9 and 15, after Trump attends the G-7 Summit scheduled for June 8-9 in Quebec.
Trump said Friday that the date and site have been set, but did not give details.
A proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just weeks away.
The North's leader Kim Jong-un, in his turn, during the inter-Korean summit expressed his willingness also to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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.
South Korean soldiers take down a propaganda loudspeakers on the border with North Korea on May 1, 2018 in Paju, South Korea.
"There was a general agreement [between the two Koreas] to hold a meaningful conversation over the phone instead of simply holding one out of formality", said a senior official in the Blue House on Monday.
According to the media, Pyongyang has voiced harsh criticism over Japan's support for increased pressure on North Korea.
"This third summit between the two leaders affirms the enduring strength of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and the deep friendship between our two countries", the White House said in a statement. "I think you're going to be seeing very, very good things". Mr. Trump hinted the release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim was in the offing.
Japan "will never be able to set foot on (North Korea's) sacred land, even in 100 million years", the paper said in an online commentary.