On May 10, US President Donald Trump announced that he would meet North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on June 10 in Singapore.
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
It will be the second important summit following the April 27 inter-Korean meeting that resulted in a joint declaration aiming peace and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Amid the upcoming North Korean-US summit, Kim held a series of important meetings.
On May 3, Kim met State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi in Pyongyang to discuss bilateral cooperation.
On May 7-8, North Korean Supreme Leader visited China to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Dalian, northern China, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. According to Xinhua, Kim came to China “hoping to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation with China, deepen DPRK-China friendship, and promote regional peace and stability”.
The leaders discussed the denuclearization’s issue as Kim reemphasized his willing to eliminate the nuclear arsenal of North Korea:
“As long as relevant parties abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK, there is no need for the DPRK to be a nuclear state and denuclearization can be realized.”
Xi pointed out the readiness to cooperate with North Korea to pursue “stability in the region”:
“China is willing to continue to work with all relevant parties and play an active role in comprehensively advancing the process of peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue through dialogue, and realizing long-term peace and stability in the region.”
Following this meeting, Trump wrote at his twitter, that he would talk by phone with Xi about the situation on the Korean peninsula, stressing “relationships and trust are building”.
I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China, this morning at 8:30. The primary topics will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2018
On May 9, Kim held a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the issues of the detained US citizens in North Korea. North Korean Leader “gave an order of the chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission on granting amnesty to them for their repatriation”, according to the official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea.
I had productive meetings in Pyongyang with Chairman Kim Jong-un and made progress. I'm delighted to bring home three Americans.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 9, 2018
Later on May 9, Trump announced that Pompeo was returning to the USA accompanied by “3 gentlemen” Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim that had been detained in North Korea because of anti-state activities.
On May 10, after Donald Trump met the US citizens, he thanked North Korean Leader. The White House also expressed congratulations and thanks in a statement:
“”President Trump appreciates leader Kim Jong Un’s action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill. The three Americans appear to be in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance.”
I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
This move came in the framework of the ongoing diplomatic negotiations between North Korean and the USA, which will result in a historical summit in Singapore. According to the British newspaper The Independent, commenting the denuclearization as the issue of the becoming meeting, Trump said:
“We will see if we can do something that people did not think was going to happen for many, many years and a lot of bad things could have happened in between.”