Date set for meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un

Date set for meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un

Breaking his silence over the planned meeting with United States President Donald Trump, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un said that he was looking forward to meeting the US President, which is a positive development.

They are Korean-American missionary Kim Dong-chul, detained in 2015 and sentenced in 2016 to ten years' hard labor; Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, who spent a month teaching at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was arrested in 2017; and Kim Hak-song, who also taught at PUST and was detained last year.

Kim made the remark to visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, the North's state media reported.

State Department officials refused to discuss anything but the most basic details of their conditions, citing privacy concerns in keeping with the minimal amount of information they had released since the men were imprisoned.

They finally left custody at 7:45 p.m., and by 8:42 p.m. they were flying home.

"The pace of consultations suggests to me that we are closer to a major breakthrough on DPRK denuclearisation than ever before, " said Dennis Wilder, a former chief of China studies at the Central Intelligence Agency and senior East Asia director at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.

In Seoul, South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, welcomed the announcement of the summit.

Donald Trump welcomes back three U.S. prisoners released from detention in North Korea.

More news: North Korean leader Kim visits China, meets President Xi

"It has been North Korea's consistent position for decades that U.S. Forces Korea should limit its activities and withdraw", Mount said. "We issued the order to grant immediate amnesty to the detainees". And if you give too much and get very little, you know, that's, by definition, not a good deal, and it's certainly something that the president doesn't want to walk into because it has all sorts of ripple effects for our allies in the region. A quick trip to Pyongyang was also seen as bad optics for Trump, U.S. officials said.

Mr. Trump announced on Twitter.

-North Korea relations after heightened tensions a year ago saw Trump and Kim threaten each other with nuclear strikes. The Trump administration has stated that North Korea should make "a complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantling" of its nuclear weapons.

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. The White House said they "affirmed" the shared goal of North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Tony Kim's son Sol Kim, a graduate student in California, is the only relative of the detainees to have appealed in public for their freedom.

MARTIN: So the release of these prisoners - obviously, it's wonderful news for them and their families.

Washington and Pyongyang have remained in a state of war since the fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War ended and do not have formal diplomatic ties, complicating efforts to handle the cases of American detainees.

The about-face has eased tensions after months of threats and personal insults, with Trump calling Kim "little rocket man" and threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States and its allies.

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