Korea convenes legislative session, Kim not present: KCNA

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he thinks his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be "terrific".

North Korea has told the United States it is prepared to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula when Mr Kim meets Mr Trump, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. "I think we'll go in with a lot of respect and we'll see what happens".

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Moon said cooperating for close communication between South Korea and Japan is as important as ever in the run-up to the inter-Korean summit and a US-North Korea summit. "They've been really terrific at helping us get to some kind of settlement".

China is North Korea's only major ally and economic benefactor. He argued that Kim would be looking to his own interests, including his country's economy and the "sustainment of his regime", rather than other historical agreements.

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Trump told reporters before a cabinet meeting that the summit would be sometime in "May or early June" - letting the original May time line slip a little, but confirming the meeting is still on. Under questioning, he would not take any option off the table, including military ones.

During a meeting with Moon's special envoys in Pyongyang in early March, Kim agreed to refrain from missile and nuclear tests during the period of dialogue with Washington on denuclearization and normalization of bilateral ties, according to South Korea.

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They also reaffirmed close cooperation among them and the United States to maintain maximum pressure on the North to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.