Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Kim Jong-un meets China foreign minister

Kim Jong-un meets China foreign minister

President Donald Trump gave another indication that he may be considering pulling some U.S. troops out of South Korea after he reportedly ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for a drawdown, according to a New York Times report published on Thursday.

In this April 29, 2016 file photo, Kim Dong Chul is escorted to his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea.

However, the administration official told Fox News that Giuliani had gotten ahead of events on the ground in North Korea.

The Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, is visiting North Korea following last week's historic meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong Un, when both pledged to improve ties. A spokesman for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colonel Patrick Ryder, said he had no information on the Pentagon preparing troop options for the president.

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The two countries have technically been at war since 1953.

The three are believed to be in a North Korean labor camp. After a very successful summit between North and South Korea, the Trump-Kim summit is expected to focus on a denuclearization deal. China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, has joined United Nations sanctions against the North that have cut trade between them by around 90 percent.

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CNN, citing an unnamed source, said on Thursday the prisoners' release was imminent, adding the groundwork for the move was laid two months ago when North Korea's foreign minister traveled to Sweden and proposed the idea.

He cautioned everyone to "stay tuned".

Kim Sang-duk, as known as Tony Kim, worked as a visiting accounting professor at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology when he was arrested for "hostile activities" against the regime during at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport in April a year ago. "He had been living in Rason, North Korea, in a special economic zone where he ran a trading and hotel services company". He taught accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Kim Hak Song, an ethnic Korean who was born in China, was detained in May 2017 and also accused of "hostile acts".

A fourth American detainee, Otto Warmbier, died in June 2017 - just days after he was repatriated to the USA with severe brain damage.

However, is it the right time for the consider reducing its troop presence in South Korea?

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