WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump on Thursday revealed his historic summit with Kim Jong Un - the first-ever between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader - will take place in Singapore on June 12. "I think that we're gonna have a success".
They walked up the aircarft's steps and went inside before emerging with Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim.
He and first lady Melania arrived at Andrews airbase, near Washington, to greet the former prisoners as their medical plane touched down in the early hours. Trump then emerged from the plane, followed by the three men. It's also the regional headquarters of large US companies including Google, Facebook and Airbnb.
The freed prisoners appeared exhausted but in excellent spirits, flashing peace signs and waving their arms as they emerged from the aircraft.
Through a translator, the men said it was "like a dream" to be home.
A campaign rally in Indiana Thursday gave the president a chance to celebrate. They were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which aid it's giving them time to decompress.
The White House pulled out all the stops for the event, hoisting a giant American flag between two fire trucks on the tarmac and inviting reporters to witness the return. "I really think he wants to do something and bring that country into the real world". "North Korea summit to be an opportunity for moving forward on the nuclear and missile issue as well as on the abduction issue, which is of the greatest importance".
"Iran's leaders will naturally say that they refuse to negotiate a new deal" and "I'd probably say the same thing if I was in their position", Trump said.
Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs while reacting to date in a statement earlier today, said the country is pleased to host the meeting.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that the summit - a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader - would take place in Singapore on June 12.
Mr Pompeo said he had "good, substantive" conversations with Mr Kim in Pyongyang in what was his second meeting with the North Korea leader in less that six weeks, and believed both sides understood the ultimate goal of the summit. Choi said he managed over the years to smuggle out 20 South Korean abductees and Korean War prisoners over the North's border with China, but hasn't been able to arrange a successful escape attempt in "seven or eight years". Their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.
Since the death past year of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who suffered brain damage while in North Korean custody, US nationals have been prohibited from traveling to North Korea without special passport validation.
But U.S. and Chinese efforts, coupled with worldwide sanctions, appear to have turned the tide.
Kim also was reported to have "accepted the official suggestion of the USA president for the release of Americans who have been detained in the DPRK for their anti-DPRK hostilities", and gave an order to grant "amnesty to them for their repatriation".
The last American to be released before this, college student Otto Warmbier, died in June 2017, days after he was repatriated to the us with severe brain damage. He was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of espionage. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the government of torturing and killing their son. "We have the location set", he said.
They were detained in 2017 and charged with "hostile acts" against the North Korean state. It has developed into one of Asia's most affluent nations.