Trump says Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

  • Trump says Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Trump says Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Mr Trump announced via a tweet on Thursday that his summit with Mr Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore. Talking to reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department, he said Donald Trump and the world have set the "conditions" for a successful outcome from the June 12 summit between the US President and Kim in Singapore.

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim were released Wednesday.

Mr Trump's wife Melania was also there to greet the men, as was Mike Pence, the U.S. vice-president, his wife Karen and Mr Pompeo.

In a victory for the world, President Trump secured the release of three fearless Americans, who have safely returned to the United States, from detention by North Korea.

While denying there will be any provision of economic support to North Korea for the time being, Abe said Japan would have to share with the global community the cost of nuclear inspections by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency in North Korea.

Some observers are concerned that South Korea's desire to build peaceful ties with the North may distance it over time from the United States policy of seeking nuclear disarmament at any cost.

The White House then said that Pyongyang releasing the detainees was a goodwill gesture and Trump added that this way the meet would be a "big success".

Pompeo said he had a "good" conversation with North Koreans and did his best to convey the United States message to them. "Kim Jong-un reached a satisfactory consensus on the issues discussed with the USA state secretary", the KCNA report added.

Trump said he will not disclose whether he will have any personal conversations with Kim as they prepare for their historic summit in the coming weeks.

Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, Trump said of Kim, "I really think he wants to do something".

And only in recent months, Trump and Kim held threatening exchanges, with the former vowing to "completely destroy" North Korea in the face of nuclear threat. Warmbier's death had escalated US-North Korea tensions, already running high at the time over Pyongyang's stepped-up missile tests.

"You're never certain exactly what you're going to get into when you're dealing with certain governments that you don't always have a friendly relationship with", she said.

But South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim agreed at a landmark summit last week to work towards a permanent treaty to replace the 65-year-old armistice.