Trump says date, venue set for North Korea summit

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The president did not rule out the eventual removal of some troops from the peninsula in his brief comments Friday, telling reporters he'd "like to save the money" that it costs to house servicemembers there.

Trump has expressed a preference for the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which he said would provide a celebratory backdrop should the talks succeed. Numerous surveys also show that there is limited appetite in South Korea for reunification.

Six South Koreans are also being held in North Korea, but their status remains uncertain despite an otherwise successful inter-Korean summit last Friday.

Speaking to reporters Friday from the White House South Lawn before departing for Dallas, Trump says "we now have a date and we have a location".

However, Trump has taken a skeptical view of US military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

Pyongyang, as promised earlier, moved the time 30 minutes ahead to be in the same time zone with South Korea.

Consider President Trump's threat made to reporters on August 8, 2017 from the clubhouse of his golf estate in Bedminster, N.J.: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

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"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", said the official KCNA agency. "But I think a lot of great things will happen, but troops are not on the table", he added. "But troops are not on the table".

Earlier it was reported that the summit was scheduled for late may - early June.

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare options plans for drawing down American troops.

The report said that the downsizing is not designed as a "bargaining chip" in Trump's talks with Kim, but a peace treaty between the two Koreas could diminish the need for U.S. Forces Korea.

Trump is expected to push for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons at the meeting.

That's where Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last Friday - a summit that has paved the way for the US president's planned face-to-face with Kim.

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