Trump to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12

Trump gives freed Americans flag-waving wee-hours welcome

"I think that our government leaders between our two countries are going to be meeting very shortly and I look forward to what comes out of that", he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump met the freed detainees as they arrived home at Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC. The U.S. had long demanded that North Korea free the men, Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim, who had been held on charges of espionage and "hostile acts".

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also greeted the three Korean-Americans when they came off the military plane. The group then emerged at top of the airplane stairway, where the men held up their arms in an exuberant display.

Trump has credited a U.S.

Trump has said he wants North Korea to completely shut down its nuclear weapons program.

They walked up the aircarft's steps and went inside before emerging with Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim. They later gave the president a round of applause. The men were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for evaluation before being reunited with their families.

In Seoul, South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, welcomed the announcement of the summit. They were seated with medical personnel, curtained off from reporters accompanying Pompeo on a short visit to Pyongyang.

It was the first time Kim is known to have acknowledged the planned meeting with Trump.

They are the latest in a series of Americans to be held in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities in recent years, only to be freed during the visit of a high-level USA official or statesman.

"If we can pull it off, if this president can pull it off, listen, I'll be the first person to say congratulations. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world".

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US officials had looked at several sites other than Singapore for the historic meeting.

At a summit in April, Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, although the means of achieving this were not detailed and previous such pledges have been abandoned.

The announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a us military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim as a gesture ahead of the summit.

After several days of saying a time and place for the summit had been decided, President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to publicly confirm the details.

North Korea and the US are preparing to hold their first ever summit talks. But their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.

When Trump and Kim sit down in the sweltering Southeast Asian city state, the two relatively new and untested leaders face a nuclear puzzle that has eluded seasoned diplomats for decades. "It is no great accomplishment of Kim Jong Un to do this".

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

His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said they were "happy for the hostages and their families".

The meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. President and a leader of the DPRK.

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