US President Donald Trump has announced that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold a summit in Singapore on June 12th.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday. He wrote that he and Kim “will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”
Singapore is believed to have been picked for its diplomatic ties with both the US and North Korea. It is also directly accessible by Kim on his personal aircraft.
The top items on the agenda at the two countries’ first-ever summit will be whether the leaders can pave the way for denuclearizing North Korea and creating a permanent peace framework that would replace the Korean War armistice.
Another focus is whether Trump will take up the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.
US President Donald Trump says the first-ever US-North Korea summit meeting is going to be “a very big success.”
On Thursday, Trump announced on Twitter that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12th.
Speaking at a rally in the mid-western state of Indiana later in the day, Trump said, “I’ll be meeting with Kim to pursue a future of peace and security for the world.”
He hailed his relationship with Kim as good, and vowed to produce a wonderful agreement for South Korea, Japan and China as well.
Referring to the recent release of 3 Americans by the North, Trump stressed that the US paid no money in return.
White House spokesperson Raj Shah told reporters that the goal of the upcoming summit is to ensure the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Asked about the choice of Singapore for the summit’s venue, Shah said the city state has diplomatic relations with both the US and North Korea. He also said it can ensure the security of the 2 leaders and provide neutrality.
Trump had revealed that he was weighing candidate sites for the summit, including Singapore and the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between the 2 Koreas. An inter-Korean summit took place in Panmunjom last month.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea earlier this week and went back home with 3 American detainees released by Pyongyang.