South Korean, US officials plot path to Trump-Kim nuclear summit

South Korean, US officials plot path to Trump-Kim nuclear summit

South Korean, US officials plot path to Trump-Kim nuclear summit

The three were privy to a "hero's welcome" as they were accompanied by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and First Lady Melania Trump.

The plane taxied in front of a huge American flag suspended by two fire engine cranes on the taramc, which was lit by a group of spotlights.

Open Doors USA, which lists North Korea as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world, also praised the release of the three prisoners, but warned that many more Christians remain suffering under the Kim regime.

He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good".

"If that happens, it could give North Korea an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington", said Denmark, now a director at the Wilson Center, a think tank in the U.S. capital.

The city is "a great location" for the summit, said Tom Plant, who specializes in nuclear and proliferation issues at London's Royal United Services Institute.

Speaking through an interpreter, Kim Dong-chul told the packed crowd of media that the situation was "like a dream", adding, "We are very, very happy".

"As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well", said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore's East Asia Institute. That was a year before the North convicted Kim Kuk-gi and Choi Chun-gil on similar spying charges and also sentenced them to hard labor for life. Fond of the idea of making history, the president told advisers he was driven to accomplish something that his predecessors could not and believed that his negotiating skills and strong relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could lead to the unprecedented achievement, according to four White House officials and outside advisers.

"My only hope is with President Trump", said Hwang In-cheol, the son of a broadcast journalist whose flight was hijacked by a North Korean operative almost 50 years ago.

Pompeo said he had "productive" discussions with Kim during his latest trip to Pyongyang on Tuesday.

USA government aid to North is not likely, Pompeo and Bolton said.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet June 12 in Singapore, and Sanders said Friday that they will hold a day of meetings, with additional time set aside for more talks if necessary.

But American officials have said Kim has signaled a willingness to move toward denuclearization amid a softening of relations between the USA and North Korea in recent weeks.

Though, he did affirm that, "the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons".

Japan, China and South Korea agreed in a trilateral leaders' summit on Wednesday in Tokyo that they will work toward the peninsula's denuclearisation in a rare show of unity.

The two sides have stepped up engagement since Trump surprised the world in March by saying he would be willing to meet Kim in a bid to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States.

The North in 2016 announced the arrest of another South Korean, Ko Hyon Chol, who it accused of spying and trying to enter the North to kidnap children. Such a plan would shield Pyongyang from future US military threats.

"We would like to express out deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home".

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