Trump orders Pentagon to consider reducing United States troops in South Korea

China expresses support for denuclearization

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, said there was no immediate confirmation of any change in the detainees' status.

Trump administration officials have pressed for the release of the Korean-Americans as a sign of goodwill before the planned meeting.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, had direct knowledge of negotiations around the issue.

On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to discuss this, telling Americans to "stay tuned" for more details. He suggested there might be more information about their situation soon.

As remarkable as the imagery and symbolism have been recently, many analysts point out that it is early to speculate on the outcome of ongoing negotiations with a regime that has been led with an iron fist by the Kim dynasty for almost 70 years.

China had largely sat on the sidelines while the two Koreas improved ties, until Kim made a secretive trip to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March.

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"What will happen to U.S. forces in South Korea if a peace treaty is signed", special adviser Moon Chung-in said in an opinion column. The other two, Kim Sang-duk and Kim Hak-song, were arrested in North Korea in April and May previous year. They have been held in a North Korean labor camp. The two countries have technically been at war since 1953. I've seen North Korea promise things and go back on their word, but I believe we could be on the verge of a historic breakthrough thanks to the leadership of the president.

The quiz competition, in which four top performing school students will be taken on a free trip to Korea, Shin said, "was among the best public diplomacy that the South Korean government has developed in India".

"Beijing likely would want to ensure that Pyongyang would not develop a closer relationship with Washington than Beijing", said Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy in Beijing. Both worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) which bills itself as the only privately run university in the North Korean capital.

The three individuals - Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang-duk - are the last Americans being held by the reclusive nation. It is China's first overseas military base, and was manned a year ago.

But of the three, only Kim Dong Chul was arrested before Trump became president in January 2017.

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