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 U.S. forces, The Times said. "We now have a date and we have a location", Trump told reporters prior to leaving for Dallas, where he was set to speak at the National Rifle Association annual convention.
It wrote that as of 11:30PM May 4th, Pyongyang is moving its clock forward by 30 minutes to unify the standard times of South and North Korea.
The White House did, however, announce the details of a separate meeting later this month between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as the US administration pushed back on a report that Trump is considering the withdrawal of USA forces from the allied nation.
A possible meeting between Trump and Kim came to light following a trip then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo took to the rogue nation over Easter weekend.
"The New York Times story is utter nonsense".
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. "The two leaders also will discuss President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un".
Park Sang-hak, a leading activist and former North Korean defector, said South Koreans were "intoxicated by Kim Jong-un's peace offensive" even though the North has not changed at all.
The gesture comes after Kim and Moon held a historic meeting, making progress towards achieving peace on the peninsula.
The United States has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War. The leaflets also denounce the North Korean government for their human rights abuses and defectors have vowed to challenge a ban on sending propaganda across the border. "Today, North Koreans are heading back to the future".
The contentious issue of the drawdown of troops in South Korea, however, is not on the table, Trump said.
Only a short time ago, leaflet campaigns were one of the causes of tension between Seoul and Pyongyang, however, during the meeting between the leaders of two countries, both sides agreed on a more peaceful approach.
Dozens of activists, including North Korean defectors, gathered near a lookout in the South Korean border city of Paju at around noon on Saturday.