It comes less than two months after a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27 in the DMZ, where Kim became the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since 1953. It was the first time that the leaders of China and Taiwan had met in over 60 years.
On Wednesday, China, Japan and South Korea agreed to cooperate in seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
So you would think the mainstream media would give president Trump a little credit for his strong leadership on this issue.
In his tweet, Mr Trump added that he would personally greet the detainees when they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 02:50 EDT (06:50GMT) on Thursday.
According to North Korea’s state media, Kim, 64, ran a company in the North’s northeastern Rason special economic zone before his arrest on October 2, 2015. And the question being asked immediately after Trump’s Thursday announcement was, why Singapore? “I really think a lot of progress has been made”. The Kim family released the following statement: “We are grateful for the release of our husband and father, Tony Kim, and the other two American detainees”, it said.
Memories like those keep the 26-year-old Jo from placing much faith in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s bid for peace talks after years of threatening his neighbors and the United States with his nuclear arsenal.
“Whatever the leaders decide, I hope the USA government can bring up the humanitarian issues and think about the people in North Korea”, Jo said.
South Korea said on Thursday it had high hopes for the summit. “He, likewise, has been incredibly helpful”.
Trump added: “Frankly we didn’t suppose it was going to occur and it did”. “It’s not that he wants to be famous, it’s just like ‘Wow, someone was thinking about me when I was in that place and feeling the most abandoned'”. “I want victory for the world”.
“In what the USA has achieved in 10 years the United Nations trying to nurture Iran and things like that, Trump has achieved that in 18 months”. He was detained on May 6, 2017, for engaging in unspecified “hostile acts” against North Korea, KCNA reported. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that one of the US’s main objectives is to ensure the “permanent, verifiable irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction program”.
The Trump-Kim summit would be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that while there was “reason for some optimism” about the summit, the U.S. troop presence in South Korea would not be part of initial negotiations.
With the former detainees by his side on a dark air base tarmac, Trump called it a “great honor” to welcome the men to the USA, but said “the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons”. “We’ve been successful on all fronts, thank goodness”.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is scheduled to visit Washington Friday for her first talks with new U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo on Friday.