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Trump says 'time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set'

President Trump tweeted Saturday morning that the specifics of his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are being determined with help from U.S. allies in Asia:

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday pledged their goal of "realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula." Trump has praised the historic summit between the two leaders and taken credit for positive developments in inter-Korean relations.

What happens next is uncertain. "It remains to be seen what Kim Jong Un's commitment to denuclearization means in concrete terms," former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow told The New York Times, "whether it foreshadows agreement to President Trump's demand for the rapid and verifiable elimination of the North's nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and infrastructure, or whether the North envisages a drawn-out process tied to potentially unacceptable demands that the United States withdraw its forces from the South or provide immediate sanctions relief, while the North's nuclear threat remains in place."