President Trump took to social media on Thursday and shared key details about his upcoming meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un. While information concerning both the date and the location of the meeting was previously not known to the public, Trump shared the meeting would be taking place in Singapore on June 12.
In a little more than 30 days the two leaders will meet for the first time to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
News Alert: Summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un expected to take place next month in Singapore. pic.twitter.com/ay6Wv1dFl7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 10, 2018
“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!” the United States president tweeted.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Here’s more on the meeting, per Fox News:
Fox News had reported Wednesday that Singapore likely would be the location for the planned historic meeting.
It would be the first-ever summit between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
The details were announced after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned overnight from Pyongyang with three freed American prisoners who had been held captive in North Korea.
Pompeo helped secure their release, while ironing out details of the summit.
A Trump-Kim meeting seemed a remote possibility just a few months ago, when the two leaders were trading threats and insults over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and a string of ballistic missile tests. But momentum for diplomacy has built this year; North and South Korea have moved to ease tensions, including with their own leaders holding a summit late last month.
Two months ago, Trump surprisingly accepted an offer to negotiate peace and denuclearization from the North Korean leader. In return, Jong-Un would suspend nuclear and missile testing. From the report, Jong-Un seems willing to “give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and pledges not to attack the North.”
Ahead of the meeting, the North Korean leader released three American hostages back to the United States. As Daily Mail reports, the three men returned around 2:00am on Thursday morning:
The president and his wife Melania arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington at 2:00 a.m. to greet Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, and called them ‘incredible people.’
In extraordinary scenes, Trump and the first lady clapped and cheered as the men walked down the steps with their arms in the air and giving triumphant ‘V’ signs signifying both peace and victory.
Their first steps back on American soil came hours earlier, in Alaska, when the plane carrying them home stopped to refuel.
On the tarmac in suburban Maryland, Trump said: ‘These are great people. Frankly, we didn’t think this was going to happen, but it did. It was important to get these people out. This is a special night for these three really great people.’
Trump also thanked Kim Jong-un for freeing ‘the folks early.’ calling it ‘a wonderful thing’ and adding he believes the North Korean despot ‘really wants to do something’ and bring the hermit kingdom ‘into the real world.’
He said: ‘We’re starting off on a new footing. I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful, and if anybody would’ve said that five years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would’ve said, ‘That’s not possible.’
‘My proudest achievement will be when we denuclearize that entire [Korean] peninsula,’ he added.
The freed trio were joined by a translator who relayed their sentiment that being home felt ‘like a dream’ and that the men were ‘very, very happy’ to be freed. They later gave President Trump a round of applause.