A historic face-to-face sit down between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could possibly result in a fruitful deal to denuclearize in return for a peace treaty.
The inter-Korean summit came after years of heightened tensions between the two countries, raising hopes that a lasting peace and a denuclearization of the peninsula could soon become a reality.
North Korea said U.S. sanctions aren't the reason behind its willingness to remove nuclear weapons from peninsula, accusing its adversary of trying to ramp up tensions ahead of a summit between leaders of the countries.
President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Guiliani's off-the-cuff and misleading remarks on television and social media regarding ongoing negotiations for the release of US hostages in North Korea may put those individuals at risk, the Washington Post reported.
"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", he further said.
Abe has also said Tokyo is willing to talk with Pyongyang to possibly normalize ties and resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North.
Mr Trump told the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Dallas on Friday that he had toned down his rhetoric in anticipation of the talks after labelling Mr Kim "Little Rocket Man" past year and threatening him with "fire and fury".
Sunday's comments were among the very few the North has made since Mr. Trump agreed in March to the meeting. Trump hinted that the release of Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim was in the offing.
There was no sign of an imminent release this morning, though the men had reportedly been moved to the capital. He's previously said the summit was planned for May or early June. In a statement that day, they said they would seek to formally end the war between them and pursue "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula.
South Korean leader Moon Jae-in is schedule to visit the White House on May 22, the White House said, where the main topic will be Trump's sitdown with Kim. According to Trump, "good things are happening, but only time will tell!"
A Blue House official said the USB also included "information related to a power plant", reported Korea JoongAng Daily. "You know, we have 32,000 troops there". A dispatch from the North's Korean Central News Agency says that promise was fulfilled Saturday by a decree of the nation's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.
In South Korea, too, the United States troops are a politically divisive issue.