The eagerly anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold in Singapore on June 12.
This was disclosed by Trump in a tweet Thursday, stating that both leaders will try to make it a special for ‘World Peace’.
It marked a significant departure from strained relations for much of 2017 when both men traded insults and threats.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Trump’s announcement came hours after he welcomed home three US detainees released by North Korea following a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.
The White House said the trio were freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the summit, which Mr Trump earlier said he thought would be a “big success”.
“I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful,” he said.
There has been no word from Pyongyang on its agenda or what it might offer at the summit, 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 exchange for complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Irrespective of the outcome, it’s going to be a historic summit as no sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader.
But June 12, as Nigerians know, remains a curious date for democratic progress…