Keenly awaited Trump-Kim Jong meet on June 12 in Singapore

RSTV Bureau
Seoul: A TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 21, 2018. AP/PTI

Seoul: A TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 21, 2018.
AP/PTI

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore, the first-ever summit between the top leaders of the two Cold War rivals to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement of the keenly awaited global political event was made Donald Trump himself on Thursday hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned home from North Korea with three detained Americans.

Trump, who personally greeted the trio at the Andrews Air Force Base, praised Kim for their release ahead of their summit.

“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!,” Trump tweeted.

The main issue under discussion at the Trump-Kim summit will be North Korea’s nuclear weapons, which the US is demanding Pyongyang give up.

Trump has struck a cautiously optimistic tone in discussing the prospects of reaching a deal during his upcoming summit with Kim, saying he is hopeful a historic agreement can be brokered while also warning the talks could prove unfruitful.

There has been no word from North Korea on its agenda or what it might offer, although a key issue is certain to be the presence of 30,000 US military personnel in South Korea, along with the removal of sanctions.

In April, Trump had stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The two leaders had previously traded insults and threats. The breakthrough came after the recent landmark talks between North and South Korea.

At a summit last month, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.

(With inputs from PTI)