Right on time: North Korea adjusts time zone to match South

U.S President Donald Trump left and south Korean President Moon Jae-in

U.S President Donald Trump left and south Korean President Moon Jae-in

But officials acknowledged that a peace treaty between the two Koreas - technically still at war since the 1950s, with only an armistice in place - could diminish the need for the United States forces, The Times said.

North Korea pushed its Pyongyang Time half an hour forward Saturday to match Korean Standard Time as recognized by Seoul.

Trump, speaking at the annual National Rifle Association in Dallas on Friday, says it was his "position of strength" that is bringing Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

"The New York Times story is utter nonsense".

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have discussed bilateral relationship and achieving peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in a telephonic conversation on Friday.

North Korean defectors in South Korea have chose to challenge an agreement between the two Korean leaders banning the launch of propaganda leaflets across the border and have called for a day of action on May 5.

Trump has suggested holding the meeting, which is expected in late May or early June, at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, where Moon and Kim met. Two weeks ago, shortly before the inter-Korean summit, Moon said Kim actually wasn't insisting on its long-standing demand for the withdrawal of USA troops as a precondition for abandoning the nuclear program.

The US government is looking into reports that three Americans arrested in recent years in North Korea had recently been relocated from a labour camp to a hotel near Pyongyang, as expectations grow that they will be released before the summit. "Today, North Koreans are heading back to the future".

North Korea is not the only country to have used time to assert its national identity.

It cited unnamed officials as saying that wasn't meant to be a bargaining chip in Trump's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but did reflect that a prospective peace treaty between the Koreas could diminish the need for US forces in South Korea.

The South Korean President is also slated to visit Pyongyang later this year, according to a statement released by his presidential office.

"Chairman Kim... said two clocks were hanging on the wall in the waiting room of the Peace House", Senior Secretary to the President for Public Communication Yoon Young-chan said at a special news conference.

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