Trump Will Meet North Korea's Kim In Singapore In June

Jim Bourg

As Trump looks to turn a new page in US-North Korea relations, Japan's prime minister says his country will not provide any aid to North Korea until abductees are released.

The North's announcement came days after Washington announced that the historic summit between Kim and Trump would be held on June 12 in Singapore. Holding a U.S. -North Korea summit on the Korean Peninsula would give the impression that the United States has made concessions and given the initiative to North Korea.

Appearing with the freed Americans on Thursday, Trump said he and Pence had spoken to the family of Warmbier recently.

He says Trump's confrontational Twitter diplomacy over the past year was "baffling to many", but says it's created enough North Korean uncertainty about American intentions to coax Kim into talks.

When asked if he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, Trump laughed and replied, "Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it".

State Department officials have taken great pains to keep three former North Korean detainees sequestered as they are flown back to the mainland United States.

Mr Trump announced via a tweet on Thursday that his summit with Mr Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore. The unannounced meeting was the second between the two men in recent weeks, following Kim's March visit to Beijing, his first since taking power six years ago.

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While Kang sought to assure reporters that the USA and South Korea are unified on the matter, she was slightly more moderate on the possibility of relief, saying sanctions must remain in place "until we see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea on the denuclearization track". They want North Korea to make the first moves toward giving up its entire nuclear arsenal, which Kim dramatically expanded and strengthened since Trump became president.

Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, is pledging to boost cultural exchanges with his country's neighbors to the north.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to greet three Korean-Americans as they return to the mainland USA after more than a year imprisoned in North Korea. Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is and what disarmament steps he would willing to take. A White House spokeswoman said they would be taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in nearby Maryland for further medical evaluation.

Trump thanked the Korean leader for their release.

Others are more pessimistic, arguing that we've been down this road before and that denuclearizing North Korea is more of a pipe dream than a legitimate strategic goal.

Mr Shin said the North would have preferred other countries that were on the shortlist such as China, Russia, and Mongolia, but the United States would have minded their positions as global rivals or as an unfamiliar third party.

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