Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Donald Trump: US-North Korea Summit set for June 12 in Singapore

From left Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold a meeting in Tokyo on May 9 From left Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold a meeting in Tokyo on May 9
Deanna Wagner | 11 May, 2018, 11:29

He tweeted: "The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong-un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th".

Trump said he appreciated Kim "doing this and allowing them to go".

"I do think that Kim Jong Un, who I despise because of the brutality he has put upon the North Korean people, unfortunately I think he has been masterful in how he has manipulated perceptions and how he has manipulated and quite frankly duped Mr. Trump", Brennan said Thursday on MSNBC.

Trump's announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held as prisoners in North Korea arrived at a USA military base outside Washington.

Trump greeted the Americans when they landed early Thursday morning at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington, D.C.

A quick trip to Pyongyang was also seen as bad optics for Trump, U.S. officials said.

It's all a sharp contrast to his play-it-safe predecessor. "We know who we are dealing with here", said Victoria Coates, of the National Security Council.

The country is now believed to be on the cusp of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. And his withdrawal from the global nuclear agreement with Iran, with strong support from Israel, has escalated tensions in the already volatile region.

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The release capped a dramatic day of diplomacy in Pyongyang.

"I was in the hospital and taken to a hotel", the longest-held American in North Korea, Kenneth Bae, said in an interview from South Korea. It's the most consequential and perhaps riskiest foreign policy effort so far in Trump's presidency as North Korea's nuclear program approaches a treacherous milestone - the capacity to strike the continental USA with a thermonuclear warhead.

As worldwide relations with isolated North Korea have thawed, Ojea Quintana has called for negotiations on its nuclear programme to be accompanied by talks to address alleged torture and political prisoner camps. State Department official Brian Hook was with him and among the first Americans to see the three men.

His administration has also been under fire for ethics violations and a chaotic turnover of personnel, as well as a federal investigation of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 presidential election.

US President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, May 9, 2018. The piece did not specifically use the term "AWOL", a military-derived term standing for "absent without leave", but referred to Pompeo's "absence", which the Times said "created uncertainty". On the USA relationship with North Korea, Trump declared, "We're starting off on a new footing".

That's how former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan explains it. Brennan went on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon and slammed Trump's approach to negotiations, which Republicans are already bragging about by nominating him for a Nobel Peace Prize. It's the main thing. "But we got up front our people home rather than that having been an afterthought". "They keep them for a reason and then they release them for a reason", he added.

Long before he was president, the onetime NY real estate developer and reality television star often spoke about the benefits of acting boldly. This is a big deal. "I think that's a reflection of his belief that we have to break the standard playbook here - we've tried everything else with North Korea and it hasn't worked, so why not try something different?"