11 May 2018Hot off the Press
US President Donald Trump has announced that the historic summit between himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in Singapore on June 12.
The President revealed the time and place in a tweet on Thursday (local time):
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
The highly anticipated meeting between the two leaders is expected to focus on North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, which has been a key contributor to heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
Despite exchanging fiery rhetoric with each other, tensions have decreased greatly between the two countries since North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The announcement by Mr Trump was released just a few hours after three Americans, who had been imprisoned in North Korea, arrived in Washington after being released by Mr Kim.
“I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful,” Mr Trump said after the three Americans arrived. “My proudest achievement will be — this is part of it — when we denuclearise that entire peninsula.”
Mr Kim has currently suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, however it is unclear how serious the North Korean leader will be about the change and what disarmament steps he would be willing to take.
The summit will be the first ever meeting between the leaders of the two countries.