Washington, May 10: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th,” the president wrote on Twitter. “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”Also Read - Oldest Human Footprints in North America Found in New Mexico
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Earlier in the day, Trump had thanked Kim Jong Un for the release of three American detainees as he personally welcomed them to the US. The development was seen as a diplomatic win for him ahead of the planned summit. The Americans — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim — were freed on Wednesday by North Korea while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on a visit to the North Korean capital Pyongyang to finalise the details of the summit. Also Read - Friends, Family Flock to Long Island to Mourn Gabby Petito
The trio had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in North Korean labour camps. Trump and his wife Melania entered the plane outfitted with medical facilities after it landed in the early hours of Thursday and a few minutes later emerged with the three Americans of South Korean origin. “We’re starting off on a new footing. This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early,” Trump said.
President Trump told reporters that it was “nice” of the North Korean leader to release the three men. “Frankly we didn’t think this was going to happen … it’s a very important thing to all of us to be able to get these three great people out,” he said. Asked if it was his proudest achievement, Trump said that would be “when we denuclearise that entire peninsula”. “It’s a great honour. But the true honour is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons,” he said. Trump was also asked about the prospects of making a deal with the North Korean leader. “I really think he wants to do something and bring his country into the real world,” Trump said. (With Agency Inputs)