N. Korea summit to take place in Singapore June 12

11 May, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Jason Torres
  • 3 American prisoners held in North Korea freed and on way back to U.S

US President Donald Trump said he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

"We will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace", Trump stated.

Early Thursday morning Pompeo brought back with him three United States citizens who had been detained in North Korea, but were released at Trump's request.

MARTIN: The three men flew back to the US with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been visiting Pyongyang to set the stage for this summit.

CNN reported yesterday that United States officials prefer to hold the summit in Singapore, due to its neutral stance and infrastructure, while official confirmation is expected to come in the next few days.

Mr Trump entered office as an emboldened North Korea developed new generations of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental US.

Trump - who will be the first sitting president to meet a North Korean leader - said that he favoured holding the meeting at the demilitarised zone separating the Koreas, but that most of his advisers argued for holding it at Singapore.

Trump earlier said that Pompeo is on his way back with three American detainees held in North Korea and that the date and venue of his summit with Kim have been set.

Warmbier's family is suing North Korea, saying their son, who suffered from severe brain damage, was "brutally tortured and murdered" by the country. They will then be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

The former Fox News anchor said it was a very emotional moment, and she is extremely proud to have been a small part of it. The owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp, Adelson is said to be close to Mr Trump, to the point that he is believed to advise the President on Middle East policy matters.

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In images released by North Korea's state media agency KCNA, Pompeo is seen shaking hands with Kim, with a slight smirk on his face.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that "the maximum pressure campaign has worked, adding that in addition to the president's efforts "some of that success is due to our allies and partners", especially the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world".

Describing the developments as "historic", he made the comments when asked how recent developments involving North Korea could impact the 7th Fleet's operations.

But Singapore also has rigorously sought to maintain good relationships with USA rivals, especially China, which has flexed its economic and military muscle as Beijing seeks to expand influence in Southeast Asia.

The three were the latest in a series of Americans who have been detained by North Korea in recent years for seemingly small offences and typically freed when senior USA officials or statesmen personally visited to bail them out.

Trump, who personally greeted the trio at the Andrews Air Force Base, praised Kim for their release ahead of their summit.

Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months, died in June 2017 after he was released by Kim's regime.

Against all odds, the summit has been agreed upon by all parties, meaning Trump will become the first U.S. president to meet a North Korean leader in history.

"We are happy for the hostages and their families", the Warmbiers said in a statement.


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