North Korea to hold 'ceremony' for dismantling nuclear test site

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Washington is likely to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons after the two leaders exchanged fiery rhetoric past year over North Korea's attempts to build a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.

President Trump tweeted that his "highly-anticipated" meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12.

On Thursday, Trump praised Kim for releasing three Korean Americans held as prisoners.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for USA troop withdrawals from South Korea and an excuse for stalling.

Asked about the possibility of a Japan-U.S. summit, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, told a press conference Friday that Japan aims to convey its stance and throw its support behind the United States. "Keep America Great", he said in IN to thunderous applause'.

Trump greeted the Americans when they landed early Thursday morning at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington, D.C.

"What Kim Jong Un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", he said.

"I think that we have a shared vision for what we hope".

And Pompeo said the United States would remain on board to help develop the North's economy, which has been devastated by its own mismanagement and crippling worldwide sanctions.

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Pompeo was in Pyongyang to discuss Trump's plans to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.

Trump has repeatedly said that if the meeting with Kim does not take the right course, he may walk out or cancel the summit. "As talks continue between our countries, we must seek ways to hold the North Korean regime accountable and to increase diplomatic and economic pressure to end North Korea's threats to regional and global stability, as I've been calling for".

Following Pompeo's visit, Trump announced Wednesday that North Korea had agreed to release three USA citizens being detained there. According to South Korean media, he had been involved in humanitarian work in the North.

Six months into Trump's presidency, in July 2017, Kim conducts two intercontinental ballistic missile tests, and declares the entire United States to be within North Korea's range. The White House said the men are in good health and undergoing medical evaluations at Walter Reed Hospital.

"The third detainee, 60-something Kim Dong Chul, of Fairfax, Va., was sentenced to 10 years in prison and hard labor in April 2016".

Trump thanked the Korean leader for their release.

Korea watchers have cautioned that North Korea may have something different in mind than the USA when it says it's willing to go down a path of denuclearization.

Regarding the question about Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's visit to China on Sunday, Shuang said the two countries have maintained close communication and exchanges.

United States officials had looked at several sites other than Singapore for the historic meeting but each was seen as problematic.