President Trump Summit with North Korea set for June 12 in Singapore

May 11, 2018, 04:28
President Trump Summit with North Korea set for June 12 in Singapore

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

Describing the developments as "historic", he made the comments when asked how recent developments involving North Korea could impact the 7th Fleet's operations.

"Kim Jong Un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared, he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", Vice President Mike Pence told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan on "CBS This Morning".

Should the June gathering go ahead, it will mark a dramatic turnaround in political relations between North Korea and the U.S., two nations which officially have not had ties since the 1950s.

Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim in recent months, in a precursor to the Trump-Kim meeting.

"It is so troubling to hear President Trump say that Kim Jong-Un treated the Americans excellently". And it underscored how closely the fate of his foreign policy agenda is being tied to the North Korean negotiations. Have they done this before - granted a big concession like this that gets everyone feeling optimistic about talks that ultimately then stalemate again?

The wealthy financial and shipping hub is seen as a gateway between Asia and the West and has been called the "Switzerland of Asia", in contrast to North Korea's isolated economy that its leaders now want to modernise. It's been under different circumstances, for sure. North Korea expects to see all 35,000 USA troops withdraw from the Korean peninsula. But thus far, we're still headed down a similar path in that the North Koreans have talked about denuclearization in terms that are not dissimilar from the way they've talked about it in the past, which is, they essentially want to rent a freeze of their program and don't want to give up all of it.

One of the detainees was jailed in 2015, the other two have been in prison for just over a year. "Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict, take away threats to the world and make your country have all the opportunities your people so richly deserve". President Donald Trump is on hand to greet them.

Past administrations have gained agreements from the North Koreans only to see the deals collapse amid allegations of cheating and distrust.

"We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula". The White House has said withdrawal of thousands of USA troops from South Korea is "not on the table". "And that process is very important", Trump added.

Speculation about the site of the summit had focused on where the North Korean leader could reach by train, by plane on one tank of fuel, as well as where Kim went to school.

Meanwhile, the North's media covered the meeting extensively. Pyongyang has been exceptionally cautious about its public framing of Kim's recent diplomatic moves, which are a major shift from the more aggressive focus on missile launches and nuclear development that heated tensions to a boil a year ago. They expressed their appreciation to Trump, Pompeo and the people of the United States and added: "We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return".

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