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Trump And Kim Jong-Un Meeting Delayed To June, Location Likely Singapore

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| May 7 , 2018 , 15:16 IST

US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un's historic meet to discuss denuclearisation of North Korea has been delayed to June and will likely take place in Singapore, reports said on Monday.

Initial reports had stated that the meet would take place by the end of May, while recent reports had said that the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas was finalised as the location for the meet. Soon after, North Korea warned the US against influencing public opinion and saying that the US-led sanctions were responsible for Pyongyang's denuclearisation.

Although President Trump has not confirmed the location or dates for the meet, he said to media, "we'll be announcing it soon."

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A South Korean daily citing diplomatic sources quoting Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the landmark summit would be taking place in "mid-June" and that the possibility of conducting the meet in Singapore had "increased greatly".

Ahead of the meet with Kim Jong-Un, President Trump will be hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House later this month.

A South Korean delegation visiting Pyongyang had been first to secure a commitment towards denuclearisation from North Korea, which was further cemented when Kim Jong-Un met with Moon Jae-in at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the 2 Koreas.

North Korea, which suffered from a series of stringent sanctions over its nuclear tests, agreed to close down its nuclear sites, and even allow South Korean and US press and experts to monitor the shutdown.

Meanwhile, Moon Jae-in credited US President Trump for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, going so far as to saying that Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. North Korea hit back, warning the US not to claim that its sanctions resulted in the denuclearisation decision.