US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promises North Korea 'prosperous' future

Donald Trump greets the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews

The problem, though, is that what that means differs for each of them.

The statement says reuniting with families too soon can "cause additional psychological stress".

The unlikely coalition supporting the meeting with Kim includes 68% of women, 67% of liberals, 65% of nonwhites and 62% of Democrats - all groups that tend to disapprove of the President by wide margins.

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"Kim Jong Un is a lot like Trump because he's bold and engaging in personal diplomacy", Fields said.

Tomas Ojea Quintana is the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. "If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people".

More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to the South Korean government.

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The men were all taken captive in the last three years, and spent months in brutal North Korean prison camps.

"If that happens, it could give North Korea an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington", said Denmark, now a director at the Wilson Center, a think tank in the United States capital.

"But we got, up front, our people home". "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

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Trump has consistently been a harsh opponent of the Iran deal, calling it "the worst" and "defective at its core". Saudi media outlets and commentators also had praise for Trump's controversial move.

"We've picked a place for the meeting, or 'summit, ' as you like to call it", said Trump.

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. The vast majority of North Koreans are destitute, while most South Koreans enjoy the comforts and prosperity of a thriving economy and culture.

North Korean President, Kim Jong-Un (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang.

Trump thanked the Korean leader for their release. They said they didn't know where they were headed to until they reached the South Korean Embassy in Malaysia and that they wish to see their parents again.

On Wednesday (May 9), Mr Trump told reporters the summit would not be held in the DMZ. Sanders cited the recent release of three American detainees as an example of the progress made so far.

The men are flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where Mr Trump will welcome them early on Thursday.

Heo threatened them to give their written consent to defect - or they'd be turned in to North Korean police.

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk were held in North Korea.

American Vice President Mike Pence agreed.

Earlier Thursday, with the American former detainees by his side on a dark air base tarmac, Trump said during a made-for-TV ceremony that it was a "great honor" to welcome the men back to the USA, but he added that "the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons".

The president is accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.

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