TRUMP PLANS FOR SUM­MIT WITH NORTH KOREA

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1Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Thurs­day he had high hopes of “do­ing some­thing very mean­ing­ful” to cur­tail North Korea’s nu­clear am­bi­tions at a sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore next month, af­ter Py­ongyang smoothed the way for talks by free­ing three Amer­i­can pris­on­ers. The date and lo­ca­tion of the first-ever meet­ing of a sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent and a North Korean leader were an­nounced by Trump on Twit­ter. “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 wrote. He made the an­nounce­ment af­ter a U.S. gov­ern­ment air­craft touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Wash­ing­ton car­ry­ing the Amer­i­cans who were re­leased by North Korea in a move to clear the way for the bi­lat­eral sum­mit. The ex-pris­on­ers are Korean-Amer­i­can mis­sion­ary Kim Dong-chul, who was sen­tenced in 2016 to 10 years’ hard la­bor; Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, who taught for a month at a for­eign-funded uni­ver­sity be­fore he was ar­rested in 2017; and Kim Hak-song, who also taught there and was de­tained last year.

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