Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Right on time: North Korea adjusts time zone to match South Korea

The President’s assertion he would not cut the number of troops in the region comes despite claims he is looking at reducing America’s military presence in the South Right on time: North Korea adjusts time zone to match South Korea
Lisa Bryan | 06 May, 2018, 00:02

It isn't believed that this is something that will be discussed at the summit but rather is an indication that a peace treaty between North Korea and South Korea could reduce the need for US troops in South Korea.

Sensing the impact that the NYT report could have on the proceedings, both the US and South Korea objected to it saying it was untrue.

Anything is possible at a summit where Trump may be trying to pull American soldiers out of Korea, while Kim is arguing for them to stay.

ReutersDonald Trump has previously threatened to "destroy" North Korea.

But following an outreach campaign by North Korea earlier this year, Trump walked back some of his brash claims.

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of US troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed on the deliberations.

South Korean officials made an unusual trip to North Korea after the February Olympics, and then carried an offer to meet directly to Trump in March.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Beijing before having summit with South's Moon Jae-in, indicating the important role being played by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Further details of what would be the first meeting between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader would be released shortly, he added.

His comment comes after the New York Times, citing several people briefed on the deliberations, reported on Thursday that the president was seeking options to curb the number of American troops stationed in South Korea. 'But troops are not on the table'.

"I feel sad to see that there are two clocks hung on the wall in the Peace House, one for Seoul time and the other for Pyongyang time", Kim reportedly said at the talks, speaking of a "painful wrench".

"We're really doing well with North Korea", Trump said at a National Rifle Association convention on Friday.

"Given this is only a conciliatory move in the build-up to the summit, I think the meeting is likely to produce something more concrete", he said.

Trump, speaking to reporters outside the White House, suggested activity was under way involving the captives. "We're having very substantive talks with North Korea and a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages".

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