May 20, 2018

Pyongyang Time is no more, North Korea syncs clocks with South

07 May 2018, 12:26 | Rufus Hill

North Korea adjusts time zone to match South's

Pompeo backs 'muscular' US diplomacy

In retaliation, the US has led the United Nations, including North Korea's close ally China, to impose the most stringent economic sanctions ever on the country.

As efforts are being made to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, the White House has announced that President Trump will host the South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on May 22.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim pledged to work for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula at a summit on their heavily fortified border on April 27.

Despite the gains, the North Korean spokesman on Sunday accused the Trump administration of misleading the public by claiming Pyongyang is motivated by fear of USA military strength and concerns about aggressive economic sanctions put in place because of the North's nuclear and missile programs.

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of tough rhetoric and tightened sanctions for a breakthrough with Pyongyang.

North Korea has moved three American prisoners from a labour camp to a hotel ahead of the planned summit with the US, a South Korean activist said.

The North's official news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman warning the United States about its position that such pressure will not be eased until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons completely. Days before and after the trip, I also had the chance to talk to senior officials from China and South Korea.

The demilitarized zone, or DMZ, between North and South Korea and Singapore are among the top choices being considered for the summit.

The United States has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.

"I would say to watch out that he's probably got something up his sleeve", Richardson, also a former New Mexico governor, told Fox News' Neil Cavuto.

South Korea said on Wednesday the issue of USA troops stationed in the South was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement is signed.

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said he had a "good conversation" with Kim during his visit to Pyongyang, adding he was "prepared to... lay out a map that would help us achieve" denuclearisation.

The actions of the South Korean authorities were in line with the last week's landmark summit, held by the leaders of the North and South.

"The time-resetting is the first practical step taken after the historic third north-south summit meeting to speed up the process for the north and the south to become one and turn their different and separated things into the same and single ones", KCNA said. Kim has said a formal end to the hostilities, along with a pledge from the US not to attack his nation, would essentially eliminate Pyongyang's need for a nuclear arsenal. South Korea explained us troops want to stay in the area shortly with a peace treaty is concluded to replace the armistice.

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