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United States hopes North Korea will become close partner, Pompeo says

United States hopes North Korea will become close partner, Pompeo says

In his announcement Tweet, Trump stated "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

Nauert traveled to Pyongyang with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other State Department officials to secure the release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim. The three freed Americans, along with President Trump and the First Lady emerged from the plane to applause and cheers.

Trump greeted the Americans when they landed early Thursday morning at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington, D.C.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump thanked Mr Kim for releasing three Americans from captivity, saying he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

Mr Trump announced the mission just minutes before Mr Pompeo arrived in Japan to refuel before flying on to Pyongyang, and as the President declared he was withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with another bitter U.S. adversary, Iran.

Trump is expected to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons at the meeting in exchange for security guarantees and the removal of stifling economic sanctions.

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Calling the summit a historic and momentous event, Mr Lee said Singapore would do its best to facilitate a smooth and successful meeting, according to a statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

United States officials had also considered holding the summit at the Korean demilitarized zone or in Mongolia, but ultimately settled on the city-state of Singapore as the location. "The North Korean leader has committed to denuclearisation, and formally so through the Panmunjom Declaration".

Given the high stakes of their meeting, one might expect a tenser, less inviting image.

To the diplomatic successes already being achieved on the Korean peninsula by the Trump administration. The White House has said withdrawal of thousands of USA troops from South Korea is "not on the table".

In another sign of blossoming diplomatic relations, it was recently revealed that former Central Intelligence Agency director and now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to North Korea for a secret meeting with Kim over the Easter weekend.

"You're never certain exactly what you're going to get into when you're dealing with certain governments that you don't always have a friendly relationship with", she said. "I really think a lot of progress has been made".


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