China supports ending state of war on Korean Peninsula, says FM

Erika Holt
May 4, 2018

Moon's remarks followed a proposal from his special adviser Moon Chung-in on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in South Korea.

The White House can't confirm the validity of reports about the release of three Americans detained in North Korea, Sanders said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is focused on ending his country's nuclear weapons program, a Chinese diplomat said, Reuters reported.

"Certainly, that would be an incredible step and certainly a sign of goodwill moving into the summit, moving into these discussions with North Korea".

"Not that I'm aware of", replied Sanders.

Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on suspicion of "hostile acts" on 6 May 2017.

Trump did not mention Korea or the prisoners when he spoke at a prayer event at the White House on Thursday. "You'll see some very good announcements very shortly", he said. He was detained last May for alleged anti-state activities.

South Korea's presidential office said Friday that a U.S. National Security Council official had dismissed the report as false.

China supports ending state of war on Korean Peninsula, says FM

North Korea has detained a number of foreigners over the years, often for vague and dubious reasons.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new main lawyer, told Fox News Channel that Pyongyang would release them as early as Thursday.

Wang could have delivered a careful message, reminding the North that China was its true friend despite the rough patch in the past six years since Kim came to power, said Xia Yafeng, a Chinese historian at Long Island University.

But just last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

The directive has rattled officials at the Pentagon and other agencies, who worry that any reduction could weaken the US alliance with South Korea and raise fears in neighboring Japan at a time the United States is embarking on a risky nuclear negotiation with the North. It would appeal to his political base, save the United States money and give him a valuable chit in his negotiation with Kim.

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

Trump would be the third world leader to meet with Kim Jong Un this year.

"We're internally carrying out preparations, in terms of what to prepare, and how to cooperate with the worldwide community, and how to finance (possible inter-Korea projects)", Kim said, in comments carried by Reuters.

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