President Donald Trump of the United States announced Thursday that the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place on June 12 in Singapore.
The big revelation follows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s second visit to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean officials. Trump said Wednesday that a date and site had been set, but declined to reveal the details.
The Trump administration has worked endlessly for months to bring the reclusive regime to the negotiating table. Enlisting China in helping spearhead the denuclearization dialogue, Trump has successfully arranged the first face-to-face meeting between North Korean and American leaders.
Kim Jong Un has also met with the leaders of China and South Korea to discuss regional security, resulting in the two Koreas declaring an official end to the Korean war.
Kim expressed support for the “historic meeting,” calling it a first step toward the “building of a good future” on the Korean Peninsula.
In another sign that negotiations with the North Koreans are progressing, Pompeo returned to Washington, D.C., early Thursday with the three Americans that had been held captive in North Korea.