North Korea goes 30 minutes forward in time

Hannah Rogers
May 7, 2018

But Pyongyang has hit back and described the claims political pressure had an effect on its decision to negotiate as "misleading".

North Korea stated on Sunday its intention to denuclearize, unveiled in a historical inter-Korean summit, was not due to US -led sanctions and anxiety, cautioning the united states of america not to mislead people opinion. "South and North Korea shared the view that the measures being initiated by North Korea are very meaningful and crucial for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to carry out their respective roles and responsibilities in this regard", the two leaders wrote in a joint statement.

But the North's statement on Sunday seemed to be aimed at strengthening Mr Kim's position going into his meeting with Mr Trump. Pyongyang claims Kim himself is the driver of the current situation.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a unsafe attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted by KCNA as saying.

Abe should have done so much earlier instead of relying too much on Washington and Seoul in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, said Kenichi Asano, an author and journalist, who has visited North Korea 14 times.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump to stay in the deal when he met with the president in Washington last month. The demilitarized zone and Singapore have both been mentioned as possible meeting sites.

By commenting publicly and inaccurately on sensitive backchannel negotiations, experts told the Post, the Trump administration may increase the hostages' value and push the North Korean regime to demand more concessions for their release.

The reclusive regime also urged the USA not to miscalculate North Korea's "peace-loving intention" as a sign of weakness, the news agency reported.

Kim reportedly wanted to meet in Pyongyang, but was later persuaded to travel to Mongolia, a country which has diplomatic ties with both the United States and North Korea and is accessible by rail so Kim can travel there in his bulletproof train. Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

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There was no sign of an imminent release this morning, though the men had reportedly been moved to the capital.

"President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit", the White House added.

"We now have a date and we have a location".

He's previously said the summit was planned for May or early June.

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While keeping key sanctions intact until the denuclearization process is verifiable, South Korea needs to gradually renew cooperation in areas that are permissible. North Korea had originally changed its time by half an hour to demonstrate its independence from South Korea.

Did the West and its allies start celebrating "victory" over North Korea far too soon to push the latter to take a hardened stand before the historic summit?

"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time", the state news agency reported.

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