Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Three freed Americans: Welcome home

Three freed Americans: Welcome home

Singapore has diplomatic ties with North Korea but suspended all trade with Pyongyang in November a year ago as US-led worldwide sanctions were tightened following a series of provocative actions by the reclusive state.

Trump's tweet confirming the details of the visit came just hours after he welcomed Pompeo and three U.S. citizens who had been held prisoner by North Korea back to American soil from Pyongyang.

"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th", Trump said in a tweet.

"We think relationships are building with North Korea", Trump had said, adding: "We'll see how it all works out".

During the meeting, Kim and Moon signed a joint declaration, agreeing to take measures to support worldwide efforts aimed at denuclearizing the peninsula and proceeding with reunion programs for separated Korean families.

Singapore, after initially saying that they haven't been approached to host the meet, have also confirmed the venue.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the prisoners home after his second meeting with Kim.

Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearisation that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.

Pompeo came back with the three Americans during his most recent trip.

Trump has said he wants a deal that denuclearizes the Korean peninsula or he'll walk away from negotiations.

Abe added that Japan will cooperate with the United States, South Korea and the global community, including China and Russian Federation, to resolve the various issues related to North Korea through the Singapore summit.

Although U.S. officials considered meeting in the Korean demilitarized zone or Mongolia, Singapore ultimately won out because of its neutrality and infrastructure.

"He said there had been significant progress on this matter just in the last few months, and hoped that the summit would contribute to resolving this long outstanding issue", said MFA. They seem to be in good health. Jean Lee, director for the Korea Foundation Center at the Wilson Center, a Washington-based think tank, recently told the South Korean newspaper Dong-A Ilbo: "North Koreans do not believe at all that their leader would give up nuclear weapons".

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