Seoul: Pyongyang not a possible U.S.-North Korea summit venue

South Korea’s presidential office said Pyongyang isn’t among the list of possible venues for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit, during President Moon Jae-in and U.S. leader Donald Trump’s phone conversation on Saturday.








A senior presidential official told reporters Wednesday that out of the two or three venues the two leaders discussed, “Pyongyang wasn’t mentioned” — and there hadn’t been talk on “where the North Korea would prefer” to hold the summit, Yonhap reported.

When asked about the possibility of the Trump-Kim meeting being held at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, the official said he didn’t know and suggested the U.S. president would announce the location in a few days.

This week, Trump appeared to show enthusiasm about holding the summit talks in Panmunjom, where the inter-Korean summit took place last week.

On whether Moon and Trump had talked about a declaration to end war on the Korean Peninsula during their 75-minute phone call, the senior official said the issue hadn’t been discussed, but the U.S. president had first mentioned “ending war.”

The two Koreas are still technically at war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

Trump has expressed support for ending the conflict, which was stated in the Panmunjom Declaration last week.

The U.S.-North Korea summit is expected to be held in the next three to four weeks, Trump has said.

By Jennie Oh