Historic Trump-Kim Summit Set for Singapore on June 12

Blanche Robertson
May 11, 2018

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said.

"We're starting off on a new footing", Trump told reporters yesterday as he welcomed the detainees back at Joint Base Andrews.

The historic summit comes on the heels of a series of meetings between the North Korean leader, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Mostly, we thank God for Tony's safe return", the statement said.

A man was fined $15,000 several years ago after being caught on surveillance camera throwing cigarette butts out of his apartment window, Reuters reported.

In March, Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim for an unprecedented sit-down.

Trump has zeroed in on Singapore as the venue for his upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"For me it's just another confirmation from when I first met him in 2016", MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a Trump supporter, said.

Their plane made brief stops at a USA air base in Japan and in Alaska en route to Washington.

Last month the Korean leaders held their own historic meeting inside the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two sides. "And right now we're just taking it one day at a time".

North Korea is still technically at war with the United States and its ally South Korea because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a treaty.

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Kim Dong-chul, a pastor in his early 60s, was detained in 2015 on spying charges, and was then sentenced to 10 years hard labour.

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Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the release of Americans was "all a direct result of the strong and clear leadership that President Trump has provided on the world stage in this moment".

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North Korea released the prisoners as Pompeo visited the country to nail down the details of a looming meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

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.

Tony Kim, who also goes by the Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained in April 2017, at the Pyongyang airport and was accused of committing "criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn" North Korea.

"If the North Korean government doesn't drop the bombs around their other neighbor countries, that doesn't mean it's actual peace for North Korean people", Jo said in a recent interview.

He made at least seven trips to North Korea to teach.

People can be jailed by the regime for nearly anything, activists say, with crimes ranging from watching a South Korean DVD to trying to defect from the country. Lee, for one, said she took heart in helping to launch a letter-writing campaign for Mr. Bae, who was imprisoned after she was released.

"We are happy for the hostages and their families", the Warmbiers said in a statement Wednesday.

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