US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will occur June 12 in Singapore, the most significant step yet in his bid to rid the region of nuclear weapons.
Trump made the announcement via Twitter just hours after welcoming home three Americans held captive for more than a year in North Korea.
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th, Trump wrote in his tweet. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
Trump had floated other possible locations, including the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, where Kim met last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which he said held the potential for being a great celebration.
But White House aides have been eying Singapore, a tiny island nation of 5.6 million that boasts one of the most advanced economies in Southeast Asia.
Singapore keeps up strategic relations with North Korea, which has an international safe haven and diplomat in the nation. Singapore representative situated in Beijing likewise is in charge of Pyongyang.
Trump Announces June 12 Summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un The profoundly expected gathering between Kim Jong Un and myself will happen in Singapore on June twelfth, Trump wrote in his tweet. We will both endeavour to make it an extremely unique minute for World Peace!
The Trump-Kim summit would be the main gathering between a sitting US president and a North
Singapore keeps up political relations with North Korea, which has a consulate and minister.
The nation has been the site of other prominent summits. It plays host to a yearly local security gathering, called the Shangri-La Dialog, which for the most part draws the U.S. safeguard secretary and best authorities from China and different countries. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping and afterward Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou met in Singapore, the principal meeting between the pioneers of those two nations in seven years.