Trump says date, venue set for North Korea summit

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U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In in Washington on May 22, the White House said Friday. Trump has also acknowledged the positive role played by Chinese leadership in resolving Korean crisis.

Trump and Moon are expected to talk about the president's upcoming meeting with Kim, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, the press release said. "We now have a date and we've a location, we'll be saying quickly".

Kim and Trump have struck remarkably more conciliatory tones as the meeting approaches, a stark contrast to the earlier slinging and often violent rhetoric at each other from across the Pacific.

But a surprising about-turn by Kim in recent months when he announced North participation in Winter Olympics held in South Korea.

In preparing for the summit, Trump's administration has said it wants North Korea's "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" but has offered few details of the strategy it will employ at the talks.

North Korea has changed time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to state media. It remains unclear if Kim has relaxed that demand as he turns to diplomacy with adversaries after a year of escalating tensions.

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Trump's "fire and fury the world has never seen before" and "small rocket man" statements were met with Kim's threat to hit anywhere on USA territory.

'Now, I have to tell you, at some point into the future, I would like to save the money, ' Trump told reporters.

"I think unifying the time zone is a meaningful first step to successfully implement the historic Panmunjom Declaration".

"A week into this president's term in office, he turned to our previous Secretary of State and said 'Bring back Americans who are being held overseas, '" said State Department Spokeswoman, Heather Nauer.

Even as Washington presses for the release of the three American prisoners, the parents of a US college student who died a year ago soon after being release from captivity in North Korea have sued Pyongyang over their son's death, saying Otto Warmbier was "brutally tortured and murdered".