Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June in Singapore

After days of moving closer to revealing the site of a landmark summit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, President Trump announced Thursday morning the two will meet on June 12 in Singapore.

A meeting designed to verify an irreversible dismantlement of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, Mr. Kim has signaled a willingness to denuclearize, but his terms are unclear.

In a tweet notifying the public of the location of the historic meeting, Trump expressed hope for “a very special moment for World Peace.”

Mr. Trump’s tweet came shortly after he greeted three Americans previously detained by the communist nation at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Following months of the two world leaders trading insults, in an abrupt turn shortly after the conclusion of the Winter Olympic Games, Kim extended an offer of negotiations with the U.S. during a early March meeting with South Korean officials in Pyongyang.

Along with Kim’s pledge to halt the testing of nuclear and missile tests, the release of the detained Americans cleared away one of the last obstacles to arranging the conference. Originally, Trump wanted to meet Kim at the demilitarized zone, but a summit on the Korean Peninsula was considered by U.S. foreign policy personnel as a bad look for America.

The June 12 conference will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Although Mr. Trump and his national security aides have publicly demanded the North denuclearize, no word from the North has surfaced as to what Mr. Kim will demand in return.

Security experts speculate Kim will raise the issue of the U.S. troop presence in the South and the removal of economic sanctions against the North.

Often the site for high-level talks, Singapore hosted face-to-face talks between China and Taiwan in 2015, and has been the location of numerous regional and international economic and security conferences.

 

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