Trump to Meet North Korea’s Kim in Singapore in June

(CN) – President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his historic planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on June 12 in Singapore.

“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”

Trump and Kim will meet in the first North Korea-U.S. summit talks since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is and what disarmament steps he would willing to take.

The tweet came hours after Trump met three Americans on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews whom North Korea had been holding as prisoners. The former detainees — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim — had been released Wednesday amid the warming of relations between longtime adversaries.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, other top officials and first lady Melania joined the president in the celebration in the wee hours of Thursday morning at Joint Base Andrews near Washington.

Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim for releasing the Americans and said he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearization at their upcoming summit. “I really think he wants to do something,” the president said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This story is developing …

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