North Korea calls United States claims about upcoming summit "misleading"

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"It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the United States miscalculates the peace-loving intention of [North Korea] as a sign of "weakness" and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats against the latter".

The White House explained that Trump's national security advisor, John Bolton, met his Soviet counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, on Friday and both said there were not any programs to change the US - evenSouth Korea uncanny defense position. Earlier, he said details of the summit are being ironed out, and that he'd spoken with the leaders of and Japan about preparations for the meeting. The demilitarized zone and Singapore have both been mentioned as possible meeting sites.

The spokesman's comments were among the very few the North has made since Mr Trump agreed to the meeting in March.

"The U.S.is misleading the public opinion, arguing as if the DPRK's clarification of its intention for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.is the result of so-called sanctions and pressure", the spokesman said Sunday.

Meanwhile, South Korea said it will have close consultations with the United States regarding the Washington-Pyongyang summit during the upcoming bilateral talks.

-North Korea summit would be held in the border village of Panmunjom where Moon and Kim's meeting took place.

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French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump to stay in the deal when he met with the president in Washington last month. The warm relationship between the two leaders can be best explained by the North Korean leader's remark that the North and South Korean people are "one people" and that they shall never go into war again.

Donald Trump's administration has been pushing the line Washington's tough policy towards North Korea, along with pressure on its main trading partner China, have played a decisive role in turning around what had been an extremely tense situation.

The President confirmed on Friday that the date and place of the summit with Kim had been scheduled. It declared North Korea a "world-level politico-ideological and military power" and said it would contribute to building "a world without nuclear weapons".

Though the North had in the past sought withdrawal of US troops stationed in South Korea as a condition to give up its nuclear weapons, it recently dropped the demand.

A thaw in relations between the two nations in recent weeks drew worldwide optimism that a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula could be struck.

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