Landmark Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

  • Landmark Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Landmark Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Amid an ongoing thaw between North Korea and the United States, President Donald Trump confirmed that he will also meet with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12th June, which Trump has claimed could be a "very special moment for World Peace".

Trump said agreement had been reached on a date and venue for the summit and details would be announced within three days.

Mr Warmbier was arrested by North Korean authorities in January 2016, accused of stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour.

Trump said his meeting with Kim Jong-un would be a great success.

"So the relationship is good, and hopefully, for all of us, for the world, hopefully something very good is going to happen", he said.

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.

Both leaders are likely to meet in Singapore, according to a USA official. It maintains diplomatic relations with the North and is believed to be close enough that Kim may feel comfortable flying there on his aging Soviet-era plane. They also stated their intention to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

President Trump will meet with the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

Trump's announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held as prisoners in North Korea arrived at a USA military base outside Washington.

When asked how it feels to be home, one of the detainees said through a translator "it's like a dream and we're very, very happy". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials joined Trump to celebrate the occasion after the trio touched down just before 3 a.m. Thursday. "This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early".

In 2015, Singapore it was the site of another unprecedented summit between two leaders burdened with a legacy of mutual distrust: Chinese President Xi Jinping and rival Taiwan's then-President Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Kim said the summit would be an "excellent first step" towards an improved situation on the Korean peninsula, according to KCNA.

State media also have the unenviable task of explaining why all the country's resources have been squandered on its nuclear and missile programs for years, only for Kim to offer to give them up. Despite strong sanctions and accusations of human rights abuses, he has achieved historic success in launching the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducting its debut hydrogen bomb test previous year.

Rice University presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said Trump's diplomacy with North Korea is a "high-risk game".

According to North Korea's state media, Kim, 64, ran a company in the North's northeastern Rason special economic zone before his arrest on October 2, 2015.

It' also the regional headquarters of large USA companies including Google, Facebook and Airbnb.

Some 28,500 US service members are stationed in the South after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty. He said being back in the US felt "like a dream. So I don't really call it a peace treaty".