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Reduced risk of conflict before summits between North Korean leader and South Korean, US presidents

12 March 2018

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On 8 March, South Korean officials announced at the White House that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sometime in May; Trump tweeted that the meeting was "being planned".

This followed an announced summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at “the end of April”, probably in the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). According to South Korean media, locations being considered for the Trump-Kim summit include the DMZ, Jeju Island in South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland. According to South Korean media outlet, JoongAng Ilbo , Kim offered the following terms in a letter to Trump: no nuclear or missile tests while talks are ongoing, no provocations against South Korea, and denuclearisation if North Korea’s security can be guaranteed.

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