Trump to meet with North Korea's Kim in Singapore

Trump Greets 3 Americans Freed by North Korea

President Trump On Hand For Return Of American Detainees

The summit, which has been in the works since Trump accepted Kim's invitation to meet in March, will be the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader.

He described his conversations with Kim as "warm" and said both had tried "our best to make sure that we were communicating clearly and had shared understanding about what our mutual objectives were".

Kim's summit with Mr. Trump comes after similar diplomatic meetings with leaders like South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He'd said he favored holding the meeting at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas. Destination: Pyongyang, capital of the most reclusive nation on Earth. The majority of people in North Korea live in poverty. "Those words are important, but we'll see what they mean". Its government has successfully conducted high-profile diplomatic events on short notice and is now poised to host Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un for another such event that will gain global coverage.

Tomas Ojea Quintana is the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. "I think that we're gonna have a success".

If there is a comprehensive solution to North Korea, it will take years to achieve and go through several hard phases.

No family members or friends of the three freed Americans were on hand for their arrival in the early hours of Thursday due to protocol reasons, an official told CNN, adding the men had to first debrief intelligence officials before heading to their homes.

Pence also told CBS he spoke Wednesday with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American detainee who died past year shortly after his release from North Korean captivity.

"Iran's leaders will naturally say that they refuse to negotiate a new deal" and "I'd probably say the same thing if I was in their position", Trump said.

Then he added his catchall caveat: "We'll see". He said a massive inspection and monitoring regime would be required to ensure the North's compliance.

But for Mr Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it "doesn't have the historical or political baggage", said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS's regional security architecture programme. "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.

The North plans to invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process, the statement said. During the talks, Kim Jong-un announced his intentions to shut down a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

"Singapore has a relationship with both the United States and North Korea", Mr Shah told journalists on Thursday aboard Air Force One, which was taking Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence to IN for a public rally. A White House spokeswoman said they would be taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in nearby Maryland for further medical evaluation. The group is expected to disembark the plane together.

The White House pulled out all the stops for the event, hoisting a giant American flag between two fire trucks on the tarmac and inviting reporters to witness the return.

According to the U.S. State Department's report on human rights for 2017, Singapore's "most significant human rights issues" included caning as punishment imposed by the courts; preventive detention under various laws without warrant, filing of charges, or normal judicial review; monitoring private electronic or telephone communications without a warrant; significant restrictions on freedoms of assembly and expression, including for the press and online; the use of defamation laws to discourage criticism; laws and regulations significantly limiting freedom of association; and the criminalization of sexual activities between men, although the law was not enforced. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are also awaiting the arrival of the former detainees.

America will help rebuild North Korea's economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The detainees also included the plane's captain, co-pilot and two flight attendants, who later appeared in North Korean propaganda broadcasts.

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