Trump: Will meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore

Trump: Will meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore

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WASHINGTON(TIP): US President Donald Trump
 today, May 10, announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim 
Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore for a historic meeting to discuss 
denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s announcement came hours after US
 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned home from North Korea with 
three detained Americans.

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

“The highly anticipated meeting between 
Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We 
will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!,” Trump 

Trump has struck a cautiously optimistic
 tone in discussing the prospects of reaching a deal during his upcoming
 summit with Kim, saying he is hopeful a historic agreement can be 
brokered while also warning the talks could prove unfruitful.

But the President saw the release of the
 three Americans as yet another reason for optimism as he prepares for 
the summit. “We are starting off on a new footing-I really think we have
 a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. A lot of very 
good things have happened,” Trump said as he greeted the three former 

The Americans-Kim Dong Chul, Kim 
Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim-were freed yesterday 
by North Korea while Pompeo was on a visit to Pyongyang to finalize the 
details of the Trump-Kim summit.

The summit, which has been in the works 
since Trump accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in March, will be the 
first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean 

US officials had also considered holding
 the summit at the Korean demilitarized zone or in Mongolia, but 
ultimately settled on the city-state of Singapore as the location.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un has said that the
 meeting with Trump will be positive towards easing tensions on the 
Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang state media reported on Thursday, May 10.

Kim made the remark to visiting US 
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, May 9 the state-run Korean 
Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

During the meeting with Pompeo, Kim 
described the planned summit as “historic” and “the excellent first step
 towards promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean 
peninsula and building of a good future”.

This was Pompeo’s second visit to the 
Asian country after his secret trip over Easter, when he also met with 
Kim, to finalize preparations for the summit, reports Efe news.

“At the meeting, an in-depth discussion 
was made on the practical matters for holding the North Korea-US summit 
and its procedure and ways. Kim Jong-un reached a satisfactory consensus
 on the issues discussed with the US state secretary,” Yonhap News 
Agency quoted KCNA as saying.

This is the first time that the North 
Korean leader officially spoke of the meeting with Trump, which has been
 scheduled for the end of May or the beginning of June and will be the 
first meeting in history between the heads of government of the two 

KCNA said Kim also “accepted an official
 suggestion of the US President for the release of Americans who have 
been detained” and gave an order “on granting amnesty to them for their 

The three Americans–Kim Dong-chul, 64, 
Kim Sang-duk, 58, and Kim Hak-song, around 60–who had been held 
prisoners in North Korea, were all born in South Korea but later acquired the US citizenship.

Pompeo also delivered Kim a “verbal 
message” from Trump, adding Kim highly appreciated that the US President
 had shown “deep interest in settling the issue through dialogue”.

Details of Trump’s message were not disclosed.

The North’s media covered Wednesday’s meeting extensively.


The Rodong Sinmun, the official 
newspaper of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, devoted the front page to the
 Kim-Pompeo meeting, with relevant photos, including those showing the 
two shaking hands.


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