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White House announces summit with South Korean leader ahead of planned meeting with North Korea

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Trump said Friday that the date and time for his session with Kim are set and would be announced soon. The meeting would be an extraordinary development after more than a year of insults and escalating tension between the United States and nuclear-armed North Korea.

“I think you’re going to see very good things,” Trump said. “As I said yesterday, stayed tuned.”

The White House denied Friday that Trump has ordered the Pentagon to present options for withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea.

Moon came to power last year with a promise to try to improve North-South relations. He made a bold gesture with the invitation to North Korea to send athletes and a delegation to the Winter Olympics, held in South Korea earlier this year. Trump has taken credit for jump-starting diplomacy by giving Moon his “blessing.”

South Korean officials made an unusual trip to North Korea after the February Olympics and then in March carried to Trump the North’s offer to meet directly with the U.S. president. Trump stunned nearly everyone involved by agreeing on the spot.

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