Trump summit with NK is June 12 in Singapore


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, Trump announced today, hours after suggesting the release of three Americans held in the North heralded a potential breakthrough toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

"We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump said in a tweet.

With the final details in place, Trump and Kim will meet in the first North Korea-U.S. summit talks since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is and what disarmament steps he would willing to take.

Earlier Thursday, with the American former detainees by his side on a dark air base tarmac, Trump said during a made-for-TV ceremony that it was a "great honor" to welcome the men back to the U.S., but he added that "the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons."

Singapore had emerged as the likely host of the summit after Trump yielded to the concerns of his aides and backed off his desire to hold the meeting at the inter-Korean demilitarized zone.

Located at the southern tip of Malaysia, Singapore is a regional hub in Southeast Asia whose free enterprise philosophy welcomes trading partners from everywhere. It has close diplomatic and defense ties with the U.S. and yet is also familiar ground for North Korea, with which it established diplomatic relations in 1975.

A prosperous city state, Singapore has already hosted a historic meeting between two leaders burdened with a legacy of bad blood and mutual distrust. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then-President Ma Ying-jeou came in 2015 to discuss cross-strait issues, the first such meeting since Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump: Summit with Kim Jong Un will be in Singapore on June 12. The president expresses hope for 'World Peace!'

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