U.S. to hold summit with North Korea June 12th in Singapore: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump is envisioning "a very special moment for world peace'' after announcing he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for summit talks in Singapore on June 12.

Trump revealed the highly anticipated setting and date after hosting a 3 a.m., made-for-TV welcome home for three Americans who had been held by Kim's government.

Trump and Kim have agreed to the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump says the U.S. is aiming for "denuclearization'' of the entire Korean peninsula. Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is.

Trump is providing details for the first time about the history-making meeting between a sitting American president and the leader of North Korea over denuclearization.

He'd said he favoured holding the meeting at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas. 

But the island nation was favoured by most of his advisers.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim in recent months, in a precursor to the Trump-Kim meeting. Pompeo returned overnight with three captive Americans during his most recent trip.

 

 

-With files from The Associated Press