Trump seeks 'very meaningful' summit in Singapore with N Korea

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Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from a meeting with Kim along with three newly released American prisoners, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim.

North Korea and the United States are due to hold their first ever summit in Singapore on June 12. Trump has said he's willing to walk away from the talks if he's unsatisfied.

"Right now, we're still planning out a lot more of the details".

"If we didn't sign our names, he threatened he would turn us over to the security police in North Korea for watching South Korean television dramas and I had no choice", one of the women said.

"The twelfth of June in Singapore, I met Kim Jong-UN to achieve peace and security for the entire world".

"However, there was a limit as to how much we could assess their statuses as these people did not want meetings (with the ministry)", he said. "It's a very important thing to all of us".

When asked what the President meant when he said on Thursday that the summit could be scuttled, Mr Shah said: "Well, we have over a month".

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But Heo Gang-il, the manager of the North Korean restaurant in Ningbo where they worked, said he had lied about their final destination and blackmailed them into following him to the South.

The last American to be released before this, college student Otto Warmbier, died in June 2017, days after he was repatriated to the US with severe brain damage.

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 be willing to take. "He was a great young man who really suffered", Trump said. What statement did the three men make jointly to reporters as they made their way to Washington? "We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world".

The date and location of the first-ever meeting of a sitting US president and a North Korean leader were announced by Trump on Twitter.

Washington is likely to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons after the two leaders exchanged fiery rhetoric past year over North Korea's attempts to build a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

Despite the high probability of a meeting between the USA and North Korean leaders, it is yet unclear whether the sides will be able to reach agreement, the expert noted. The men walked without assistance to the USA government plane that flew them out of Pyongyang and were in the air less than an hour after leaving custody.

"And they (the DPRK - ed.) understand that it is good for them". The release was praised by the White House as a "gesture of goodwill" and appeared to signal an effort by Kim to set a more favourable mood for the summit. In particular, it announced on April 21 that the tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons had been halted and the Phungeri nuclear test site had been closed.