President Donald Trump says he will meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong in Singapore on June 12.
The president tweeted, “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”
Trump is providing details for the first time about the history-making meeting between a sitting American president and the leader of North Korea over denuclearization.
He’d said he favored holding the meeting at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas. But the island nation was favored by most of his advisers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim in recent months, in a precursor to the Trump-Kim meeting. Pompeo returned overnight with three captive Americans during his most recent trip.
The military hospital that received the three Americans released by North Korea says they will be reunited with their families once they have achieved what hospital officials call “an optimal period of decompression.”
The statement was released through the Pentagon by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
It says family support is critically important for the returnees, and that allowing them to decompress away from their families is the standard, proven process for all who reintegrate into American society after a period of captivity.
The statement says reuniting with families too soon can “cause additional psychological stress.”
It adds that “too much stimuli all at once is emotionally overwhelming.”
A U.N. human rights expert is welcoming North Korea’s release of three Americans as “another important building block” for peace prospects.
President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans home overnight. Their release comes before an expected meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Tomas Ojea Quintana is the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. Quintana says in a statement that it was “important decision” by the North Korean government, “which I hope will offer an opportunity to further address human rights and humanitarian concerns.”
He urged North Korea to release six South Korean nationals, including three pastors, who are still being held.