Trump, Kim Jong Un set Singapore summit date for June 12

Hannah Rogers
May 11, 2018

Trump thanked Kim for releasing the Americans and said he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearization at their upcoming summit.

He had wanted to hold the summit in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas but yielded to the concerns of officials who thought a DMZ meeting would focus attention on relations between the North and South rather than the nuclear question. The president and aides ultimate rejected the idea in favor of a more neutral side, though the final choice is much closer to Kim's home base. Carl Risch, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, and a doctor went to another hotel to pick up the men and bring them to the airport, the official said.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert joined Dana Perino Thursday to discuss the release of three American prisoners by North Korea and her recent trip to North Korea.

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Pence said: "I simply let them know that while we received this news with joy, that Otto was on all our hearts and the family was in our prayers". "We got Otto home the previous year, but it wasn't soon enough".

Mr Trump thanked Mr Kim for the early release of Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, Kim Hak Song, which he described as a positive sign ahead of the pair's meeting.

The agonizing wait is over for the families of three American detainees, including the family of university professor Tony Kim.

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

Trump's announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a USA military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim.

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He added of the talks between his administration and the North Korean government, "It's never been taken this far".

In his tweet, Mr Trump added that he would personally greet the detainees when they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 02:50 EDT (06:50GMT) on Thursday.

Shortly before 3am, the president and first lady boarded the medical plane on which the men had travelled and spent several minutes meeting with them privately.

They appeared exhausted but in excellent spirits, flashing peace signs and waving their arms as they emerged from the aircraft. The group is expected to disembark the plane together.

The White House choreographed the arrival event, suspending a giant American flag between two firetrucks on the tarmac and inviting reporters to witness the return.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party, published images of the meeting between Kim and Pompeo and on their front page extensively.

President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "really was excellent" to the three U.S. citizens just released by the rogue state.

A statement was released through the Pentagon by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, saying while family support is critically important for the returnees, allowing them to decompress away from their families is the standard, proven process for all who reintegrate into American society after a period of captivity.

North Korea has a habit of detaining Americans for small offenses and then usually/hopefully freeing them when the USA sends an official visitor to bail them out. The White House said they "affirmed" the shared goal of North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

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