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The two leaders met for the first time in Singapore last June. The meeting brings both the promise of a less-dangerous North Korea and the potential peril of a weak deal that leaves Japan exposed to Kim's weapons of mass destruction and does nothing to help ease Tokyo's own hostility with Pyongyang.

Now that North Korea has already begun to implement concrete measures toward denuclearization, including suspension of nuclear and missile tests, the United States should take reciprocal actions, Uriminzokkiri, North Korea's propaganda website, said Friday.

"The South Korean leader also called for the support of all religious groups for peace on the Peninsula and said next week's summit will hopefully put some speed on the agreements reached past year in Singapore".

This statement left the door open to some kind of re-establishment of formal relations if things were to go well, the sources said, adding that the current stalemate has left North Korea expecting some significant gesture on the part of the US.

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Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University, said Trump's remarks indicated that North Korea's actions that could pose a threat to the security of the USA are under control.

The uncertainty is raising concerns both in and out of the administration that Trump, in his second attempt to reach a historic diplomatic breakthrough with Kim, will agree to a headline-grabbing peace declaration and offer other USA concessions without locking in significant commitments from Pyongyang.

Trump cited a 90-minute conversation he claimed to have had with the previous USA president in November 2016, when Obama transferred the presidency to the Republican.

Relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents decades ago directly appealed to North Korea's leader for their immediate return, saying if realized, they will not oppose normalization of diplomatic ties between Tokyo and Pyongyang. And I sat in those handsome chairs and we talked. "I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump said ahead of his meeting.

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But Kim had qualified that commitment "upon the United States taking corresponding measures", Biegun noted, adding that the U.S. side is "prepared to discuss many actions that could help build trust between our two countries". -North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. "So I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim in Vietnam", he said.

Korean leader Kim will meet with Vietnamese officials when he arrives in Hanoi, said the sources, who requested anonymity citing the sensitivity and secrecy surrounding the movements of the North Korean leader.

"Because we have completed the state nuclear force, we will devote all efforts to economic construction and improvement of people's lives ahead", Yu Kwang Sung, a 35-year-old government official, told Kyodo News.

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