Trump, Kim Jong Un to meet next month in Singapore

Alexei Nikolsky  Russian presidential press service  TASS

In addition normalization of relations between the two nations and other weighted topics, the stated goal of the summit is the denuclearization of DPRK's weapons program and stability on the Korean peninsula.

"I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful", Mr Trump said. It is far from clear that is an outcome acceptable to the Pyongyang regime which has taken decades to develop nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that they appeared to be "in good health". Earlier, the president welcomed the three American detainees who have been released by North Korea as the return safely to American soil.

They walked up the aircarft's steps and went inside before emerging with Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim. The group is expected to disembark the plane together.

"It will not be there", he said before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, according to various news outlets.

MBS has been flagged as a venue for the summit, given that one of President Trump's major donors, Mr Sheldon Adelson, is chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp which owns the Singapore integrated resort. The former detainees - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - had been released on Wednesday amid the warming of relations between longtime adversaries.

Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Mr Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim. He returned on a separate plane, joining Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the tarmac.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold the first-ever U.S.

The highly public and politically tinged display stood in stark contrast to the low-key and very private reception that the State Department had envisioned and carried out from the moment it took custody of the men, in keeping with a tradition of trying to protect potentially traumatized victims from being thrust into the spotlight so soon after their ordeal.

A statement was released through the Pentagon by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, saying while family support is critically important for the returnees, allowing them to decompress away from their families is the standard, proven process for all who reintegrate into American society after a period of captivity.

A spokeswoman at Singapore's embassy in Washington told the South China Morning Post that Singapore was "pleased" to host the meeting, adding: "We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula".

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.

MARTIN: So the release of these prisoners - obviously, it's wonderful news for them and their families. Welcome home from your frightening ordeal in North Korea.

In the past, this has been a key sticking point in negotiations with North Korea, as Pyongyang has disagreed with the US on what denuclearization would actually mean in practice and how it would be enforced.

They were released this week during US Secretary of State Mike Pomepo's second trip to Pyongyang.

Despite a middle-of-the-night landing Thursday at the Washington-area Joint Base Andrews, Trump and his wife plan to celebrate in person when the freed men arrive.

Singapore, an affluent Southeast Asian financial hub, was likely chosen due to its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting global summits, observers say.

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