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US-North Korea summit likely to be held in Singapore: Yonhap

This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington on Feb. 26, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E)

TOKYO -- The upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea is most likely to be held in Singapore, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on May 7, citing multiple diplomatic sources.

The agency also reported the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be held as late as mid-June, though it is most likely to be staged before the Group of Seven (G7) summit meeting of leading industrial nations to be held in Canada from June 8 to 9.

There has been no official announcement so far on when or where the U.S.-North Korea meeting will be held. Trump said on May 4 that the summit's location and timing were already set and would be announced "soon."

According to Yonhap, a source familiar with preparations for the U.S.-North Korea summit said that considering the fact that South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting the United States to see President Trump on May 22, it is likely that Trump and Kim will meet sometime in early June.

The source said the most likely candidate for the location is now Singapore, not the border village of Panmunjom where Moon met Kim on April 27 in the first inter-Korea summit in 11 years.

The main theme of the unprecedented meeting between Washington and Pyongyang will be the denuclearization of North Korea. Kim and Moon agreed in their April 27 meeting that they would pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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