President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12. He made the announcement via Twitter.
„We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" the president tweeted. Trump already has said he hopes that the summit will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It will be the first time a sitting U.S. president meets with the leader of North Korea. Trump says now the U.S. is developing a better relationship with the North Korean leader. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently visited North Korea and met with Kim. Last month, Kim said he would suspend nuclear and missile tests stating further ones were unnecessary. He also met South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a historic summit in late April. Earlier Thursday, Trump expressed gratitude to Kim for the return of three detainees and said he was optimistic about their planned talks. "I really think he wants to do something ... and bring his country into the real world. I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful," Mr Trump concluded.
Singapore maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea, which has an embassy and ambassador in the country. It has been the site of other high-profile summits. It plays host to an annual regional security conference, called the Shangri-La Dialogue, which usually draws the U.S. defense secretary and top officials from China and other nations.