Trump announces date, place for summit with Kim, greets freed men

Former North Korean prisoners are reunited with family in the US

Former North Korean prisoners are reunited with family in the US

Mr Pompeo, who first travelled to North Korea as Central Intelligence Agency chief in early April, is only the second sitting Secretary of State to visit the reclusive nation. They seem to be in good health.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hinted on Friday at the possibility of meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if it leads to resolving the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens by the North. "This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early", Trump said.

"Very exciting", the President exclaimed.

"I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful", Mr Trump said. "Maybe it will [work out], maybe it won't".

Such a program should involve partners around the world, such as South Korea and Japan, according to the chief US diplomat.

He said Thursday that the meeting would take place in Singapore on June 12.

Asked if this was his proudest achievement, Trump said that would be "when we denuclearise that entire peninsula".

A face-to-face meeting with Kim would help fulfill a campaign promise from Trump to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The location and date of the landmark meeting were announced in a presidential tweet just hours after Trump welcomed the return of three American prisoners released by Pyongyang.

Until now, the only American released by North Korea during Trump's presidency was Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old university student who returned to the U.S. in a coma in summer of 2017 after 17 months of captivity and died days later.

Trump said he believed Kim wanted to bring North Korea "into the real world" and had high hopes for their planned meeting, which would be the first between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader.

"We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home", the trio said.

Kang said the worldwide community will not ease or lift sanctions on North Korea until the world sees visible and meaningful action by Pyongyang toward denuclearization. "I really believe that".

"This would be an important first step in the long process of securing lasting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula", the MFA statement on the telephone call said.

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