Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Trump: Landmark North Korea summit set for Singapore

(Image: AP)

(Image: AP)

President Donald Trump will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, Trump announced on Thursday, in the first North Korea-US summit talks since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump said in a tweet.

The news came hours after Trump suggested that the release of three Americans held in North Korea heralded a potential breakthrough toward denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

In recent months, Kim Jong Un has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is and what disarmament steps he is willing to take.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump met the freed detainees as they arrived home at Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC. The trio - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim – were freed on Wednesday as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang.

Speaking at the air base, Trump thanked the North Korean leader for releasing the Americans and said he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearisation at their upcoming summit. "I really think he wants to do something," the president said.

Singapore had emerged as the likely host of the summit after Trump yielded to the concerns of his aides and backed off his desire to hold the meeting at the inter-Korean demilitarised zone.

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