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Despite an announcement that some bits of the summit will be shown live, and the possibility of a joint news conference, Moon seems intent on keeping the North Korean leader at ease, and an aggressive local media at bay, while engineering a summit meant to move the Koreas from what seemed like the brink of war previous year to the engagement that the liberal Moon has always dreamed of.

A study published last month by the journal, authored by a team led by Liu Junqing at the natural disaster bureau in Jilin province along the border with North Korea, found similar results of the September 3 explosion.

"The reunion of families separated during the Korean War, releasing foreigners who were arbitrarily detained, or addressing the detrimental impact of sanctions on the economic and social rights of the DPRK population, are some of the less controversial issues that can be first included in these talks", he said.

Ahead of their talks which will begin at 10:30 a.m., Moon and Kim will meet an hour earlier at Military Demarcation Line (MDL), that divides the two Koreas.

All of this is being used to update the US government's classified file on Kim's behavior, motives, personality and leadership style to help Trump and his aides develop a strategy for dealing with Kim at the expected first-ever meeting of USA and North Korean leaders.

When Kim first came to power, the Central Intelligence Agency predicted that Kim's rule might be short-lived.

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China said more than 237,000 Chinese visited North Korea in 2012, but stopped publishing the figures in 2013.

The emerging USA consensus on Kim is similar to what many outside experts have publicly concluded.

The crash has sparked a series of rare mea culpas on North Korea's tightly controlled propaganda network in which Kim has taken centre stage both in responding to the crash and apologising to China.

"They're basically talking the talk of advanced nuclear powers".

A farewell ceremony will take place before the inter-Korean meeting comes to an end.

While the United States and North Korea mull over the locations to host an anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, a source with knowledge of the decision has revealed that the choices have come down to either Singapore or Mongolia.

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USA authorities have also interviewed North Korean defectors and even resorted to second-hand sources such as the memoir of a Japanese sushi chef who once worked for the Kim family, several officials and experts said.

The two leaders will then go for a short, informal walk before resuming talks.

Briefers are expected to limit their presentation to an abridged version, accompanied by photos, maps, drawings and video, the officials said.

Citing commercial satellite imagery, the North Korea monitoring website 38 North observed late previous year what it described as "significant tunneling operations" at a portal that has yet to be used.

A White House official declined comment on the episode.

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