Trump says he will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12
“We will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace,” Trump stated.
Speculation had been rife that the meeting, expected to focus the Kim Jong Un’s missile program, could be hosted in a number of nations like Mongolia or even the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula.
Trump’s statement comes just a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the return of three American prisoners to home soil in a whirlwind 13 hour visit to North Korea’s Pyongyang.
Should the June gathering go ahead, it will mark a dramatic turnaround in political relations between North Korea and the US, two nations which officially have not had ties since the 1950s.
Relations appeared to reach an all-time low last year when both leaders very publicly threatened to launch attacks on one another’s nations.
In August, Trump warned that if North Korea continued to threaten missile strikes against US territories “they will be met with fire and fury.” When referring to his counterpart online, the US president also used terms such as ‘madman’ as well as ‘short and fat.’
Pyongyang responded by saying that Donald Trump was “begging” for a nuclear conflict.
The tit-for-tat exchanges appeared to bring the two nations closer to war and, at one stage, the White House even intimated that an armada – the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier – was steaming towards North Korea when, in fact, it was heading in the opposite direction.
But earlier this year Trump suddenly moved away from the erratic online threats and name-calling, and suggested he would like to meet with the leader he once called “little rocket man” as soon as possible.