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

Clocks show time in Seoul left and Pyongyang at the Peace House in the demilitarised zone in the border village

Kim Jong Un was handed a USB with a blueprint for transforming North Korea's economy by his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit.

The North's official news agency KCNA quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as criticising the USA for what it calls "misleading" claims that Washington's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

State media said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the celebratory banquet on Saturday for scientists, technicians and officials involved in February 7's launch of a long-range rocket called Kwangmyongsong-4, carrying what North Korea said was a satellite. "It may be liable to lead to the result of reviving our "threat" against the US", it added.

The official was commenting on North Korea's latest criticism of the US, suggesting that Trump will push ahead with the meeting regardless.

The Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting has been confirmed and a date set - though which date? - we don't know yet.

The United States claims President Trump's political pressures and sanctions are what encouraged North Korea to agree to a negotiation.

A similar report on the weekend from South Korea's Yonhap news agency also said Singapore was firming as the favoured location for the summit.

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Preparations for the landmark meeting have gained momentum since the Korean summit late last month, which saw Pyongyang and Seoul promise to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.

"President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit", the White House added.

The Koreas used the same time zone for decades before the North in 2015 created its own "Pyongyang Time" by setting its clocks 30 minutes behind South Korea and Japan.

South Korean soldiers take down a propaganda loudspeakers on the border with North Korea on May 1, 2018 in Paju, South Korea.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", he said.

"There was a general agreement [between the two Koreas] to hold a meaningful conversation over the phone instead of simply holding one out of formality", said a senior official in the Blue House on Monday. "Good things are happening, but only time will tell!". "Now I'm trying to calm it down a little bit", he said. Mr Trump hinted the release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim was in the offing.

At that speech in MI, the crowd chanted "Nobel, Nobel, Nobel", possibly suggesting the president deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements. "We're having very substantive talks with North Korea".

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