Trump Welcomes Home 3 Americans Released By North Korea
13 May, 2018, 01:51
"North Korea summit, so we're not talking about sanctions relief at this point", she said.
The prisoners, freed after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to the North Korean capital, landed at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, where a giant US flag was suspended between ladders of two fire trucks on the edge of the taxiway. Trump greeted the men and said while it was a "great honour" to welcome them home, it would be a "true honour" to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.
North Korea said it considered the matter closed when the late Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father, met Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Pyongyang for a second summit meeting in May 2004.
"The relationship is good, hopefully for all of us, for the world, hopefully, something very good is going to happen", he told the crowd. "Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed", he said. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
Trump said on their arrival that he believed Kim wanted to bring North Korea "into the real world" and had high hopes for their planned meeting. No sitting USA leader has met a North Korean leader and the two countries do not have formal diplomatic ties.
The historic summit could help pave the way to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
A North Korean art troupe performed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.
Koizumi's historic September 2002 summit with Kim Jong Il resulted in the return of five abductees, and a declaration that eight others had died.
Although U.S. officials considered meeting in the Korean demilitarized zone or Mongolia, Singapore ultimately won out because of its neutrality and infrastructure. "We are very, very happy".
Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 22 in Washington in order to discuss the two countries' coordinated efforts with the North. They seem to be in good health.