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Donald Trump: Singapore to host summit with Kim Jong-un

10 May 2018, 9:47:07

US President Donald Trump announced he will hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.

Trump made the announcement on social media on Thursday just hours after welcoming three Americans freed from prison in North Korea as they arrived back in the United States.

The Kim-Trump meeting will be the first between leaders of the United States and North Korea. 

"We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace," Trump wrote in his Twitter post. 

Trump is expected to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons at the meeting in exchange for security guarantees and the removal of stifling economic sanctions.

The Singapore announcement follows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's second visit to Pyongyang to finalise plans for the summit.

Earlier, Trump suggested the demilitarised zone at Panmunjom between North and South Korea would be a possible venue for the breakthrough meeting.

Singapore emerged as the likely host of the summit after Trump yielded to the concerns of his aides and backed off his desire to hold the meeting at the inter-Korean demilitarised zone.

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