North Korea says U.S. ruining mood of meetings

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Just last month, Kim Jong-un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The US Government is looking into reports that three Americans arrested in recent years in North Korea had recently been relocated from a labour camp to a hotel near Pyongyang, as expectations grow that they will be released before the summit.

Sources have speculated that Trump wants his talks with Kim to look as dramatic as that of the Moon-Kim meeting, according to The Korea Times.

Trump told reporters on Friday that arrangements for the meeting had been set but didn't elaborate any further. However, Pyongyang will hold on to its nuclear arsenal to be able to respond to any nuclear threat or provocation, according to the state KCNA news agency.

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North Korea said Sunday the USA was misleading public opinion and provoking the regime by seeing Kim's willingness to denuclearize as a sign of "weakness" resulting from sanctions and pressure on the regime.

Korea JoongAng Daily quoted South Korea's Unification Ministry, which mentioned that the USB also contained "information related to a power plant".

"This is such a shameless distortion of our honest efforts and measures for the improvement of the North-South relationship and peace of the Korean peninsula", Uriminzokkiri said.

The hotline was set up on April 20, a week before the historic summit between Moon and Kim on April 27 on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom where Moon and Kim signed a Panmunjom Declaration in which the two Koreas "confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

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Speculation about the venue for the Trump-Kim meeting has been going on for weeks. "The fact that it was also the backdrop for the inter-Korean summit last month is perhaps the main factor counting against it".

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one".

Trump has said his aim is to get rid of the North's nuclear weapons program, which is posing a growing threat to the region and the USA mainland. "Now I'm trying to calm it down a little bit", he said. Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

The White House has said its pressure campaign on North Korea will continue until the North dismantles its nuclear program.

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"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize".

He said the USB, which contained a plan for tens of billions worth of economic development in North Korea including railways and energy, sent the message to Kim: "We're serious about working with you for what we think is your real ambition - to be a wealthy East Asian country".

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