North Korea syncs clocks with South in show of reconciliation

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North Korea warned the United States against continued pressure and military threats Sunday in a rare criticism ahead of a planned summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

Talk of a formal peace agreement has revived since last week's breakthrough summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, China stands ready to communicate with the U.S., South Korea and others on the matter, Kong said.

The summit's real goal is to improve the image of the dictatorial North Korean leader, and for South Korea's Moon to give all credit to the USA president, suggesting Trump win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Kim Jong Un had made history on April 27 by crossing over the world's most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Although Trump has placed considerable faith in South Korean leader Moon's efforts to patch up relations with North Korea, the US president has long complained that South Korea does not do enough to financially support the American military commitment.

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North Korea's official news agency KCNA said Washington was "misleading public opinion" by claiming that the denuclearisation was a result of sanctions and other pressure and that the USA should not "deliberately provoke" the North.

South Korean President's office says Kim promised to close N Korea's nuclear test site next month.

The United States should not "deliberately provoke" the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues, KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry spokesman. DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Some 28,500 US forces are based in the allied nation, a military presence that has been preserved to deter North Korea since the war ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

But for Trump to contemplate withdrawing troops now would be a quixotic move as he enters into negotiations with Kim whose demands and intentions are uncertain.

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The actions of the South Korean authorities were in line with the last week's landmark summit, held by the leaders of the North and South.

Trump also told reporters on Friday that he was not considering reducing the U.S. military's presence in South Korea as part of the negotiations. "We are in constant contact with North Korea", Trump said on Friday.

North Korea has offered to close its nuclear test site this month - and invited USA experts to verify the move.

Meanwhile, on Friday, after Trump's new National security adviser John Bolton met his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in Washington, he commented on the Times report, calling it "utter nonsense".

"There will be no off-limits areas", Kong told reporters, referring to the talks between Li and Abe. The U.S. didn't pay much attention, because Kim also said he wasn't prepared to discuss denuclearization.

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