Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un in Singapore

Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un in Singapore

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone on Wednesday and the White House said the two leaders "affirmed the shared goal of North Korea abandoning its illicit weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs" and remained committed to cooperating with South Korea.

But the island nation was favoured by most of his advisers. They were seated with medical personnel, curtained off from reporters accompanying Pompeo on a short visit to Pyongyang.

In his latest trip, The New York Times reported, Pompeo secured the Americans' freedom Wednesday after ensuring stronger ties with North Korea in exchange for the country's promise to desert its nuclear weapons program.

The last American to be released before this, college student Otto Warmbier, died in June 2017, days after he was repatriated to the us with severe brain damage. Singapore has diplomatic ties with North Korea but suspended all trade with Pyongyang in November a year ago as US-led global sanctions were tightened following a series of provocative actions by the reclusive state. "We want to tell him he's soon going to be a grandfather". Trump then emerged from the plane, followed by the three men.

He says, "We have no illusions about that".

"He said that the coming DPRK-U.S. summit would be a historic meeting for the excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula and building of a good future", the Korean Central News Agency said in an English dispatch.

Final details in place, Trump and Kim agreed to the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. "I think it opens the door to further discussions", King said. I mean, just the handshake and the photo-op for the North Koreans will be a big win for them, whereas for us, for the United States, that's just the beginning.

The ceremony, which also featured a giant American flag suspended between the ladders of two firetrucks, emphasized Trump's penchant for the dramatic as he raised expectations for the summit.

Choon-Min Kang, the senior pastor at New Life Vision Church in Mid-City, told CBS2 his former student and mentee was in North Korea was doing missionary work, which included teaching agricultural techniques.

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Trump has vowed that he will not let that happen and has demanded that North Korea give up its nukes.

After arriving in the U.S., the three men - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Kim Sang Duk - were transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

Speculation about the site of the summit had focused on where the North Korean leader could reach by train, by plane on one tank of fuel, as well as where Kim went to school. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are also awaiting the arrival of the former detainees.

President Trump said on Thursday he will be meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on June 12.

After Trump's remarks, the three men boarded a bus for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where they are to be evaluated and receive medical treatment before being reunited with their families.

That visit to North Korea was Pompeo's second in a month, which in itself represents a drastic step up in the level of official contact between the North Korean and USA governments.

State Department officials refused to discuss anything but the most basic details of their conditions, citing privacy concerns. And more than two decades and multiple provocative weapons tests after the last accord, the threat from North Korea has only grown. On the USA relationship with North Korea, Trump declared, "We're starting off on a new footing". Welcome home from your frightening ordeal in North Korea.

For North Korea, key issues may be the lifting of economic sanctions and the presence of 30,000 USA military personnel in South Korea.

Despite a middle-of-the-night landing Thursday at the Washington-area Joint Base Andrews, Trump and his wife plan to celebrate in person when the freed men arrive.

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