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Panmunjom likely venue for U.S.-North Korea summit

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed on April 17 that candidate venues for his summit with the North Korean leader, which will be held before early June, have been narrowed down to five. According to Japanese and U.S. diplomatic sources, President Trump has once told those close to him that “I would like to hold a meeting in a way that pays consideration to North Korea.” How the North Korea side and President Trump, who is not constrained by conventional practices and diplomatic protocols, will proceed to arrange the meeting will likely draw substantial attention.

 

President Trump denied the possibility of holding the summit on the U.S. soil. One of the likely candidate venues is the “Peace House” situated on the Korean side of Panmunjom, which is located on the military demarcation line between the two Koreas. A person close to the U.S. government points out that “the venue is the most appropriate because Workers Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un can come overland and the U.S. can also bear the responsibility of ensuring safety.” The site is also slated to host an inter-Korean summit on April 27.

 

Switzerland, where Kim Jong Un spent his childhood days, Sweden, Mongolia and several other countries are said to have made an offer to accommodate the U.S.-North Korea summit. A  U.S. media outlet reports Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, as a candidate site for the summit.  

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