US President Donald Trump on Monday suggested holding his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village in the Demilitarised Zone - the same venue that hosted the Korean peace talks last week.
The news comes after Kim reportedly told South Korean President Moon Jae-in he was "ready for dialogue with Japan at any time". "The only thing we need is peace", according to the South's presidential office.
The president also said that if the talks were successful, the "celebration" at the border would be memorable.
Seoul's Defense Ministry said it would pull back dozens of its front-line loudspeakers on Tuesday before media cameras. "With all of the failed "experts" weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North", he wrote on Twitter in January.
Trump has previously listed the number of locations under consideration for the historic summit - which would be the first between a sitting USA president and a leader of North Korea - but this is his first public comment on a potential site.
The South Korea government said over the weekend that Kim has offered to abandon nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to formally end the Korean War - that conflict ended with an armistice in 1953, not a peace treaty - and also pledges not to invade North Korea. He added that Kim has only been cooperative "so far", and indicated that he needs to do more to show a commitment to eliminating his nuclear weapons programs.
The leaders of North and South Korea embraced on Friday after pledging to work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.
Some U.S. officials have argued privately that having the summit in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas would present the unwelcome appearance of Trump traveling to Kim instead of the two of them meeting at a neutral site. "The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!"
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Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, after speaking with his South Korean counterpart, reaffirmed "the ironclad USA commitment" to defend the longtime US ally "using the full spectrum of US capabilities".
That's what South Korean President Moon Jae-in has suggested the credit-hungry USA president receive for his role in the ongoing North Korean nuclear crisis. This is - the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource. They just had a very good meeting. In March, he traveled to Beijing and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China is the North's only major economic partner, but trade has declined by about 90 per cent following Beijing's implementation of economic sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests. Some analysts say Kim's recent charm offensive was aimed at weakening the sanctions.
At the same time, the US and its Middle Eastern allies are tightening the screws on Iran.
"The situation surrounding North Korea, due to the decisive decision by President Trump on the first-ever U.S".
To whet Kim's appetite for a deal, Moon on Friday handed Kim a computer thumb drive that contained detailed plans to rebuild the North's decrepit economy if Kim denuclearizes his country, aides to Moon said.