Trump went to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland outside Washington to receive them before tweeting: The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th.
Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Dong-chul-three USA citizens with Korean heritage-were released by the North Korean regime in what the country's state media said was a decision to grant "amnesty" by Kim Jong-un.
The specifics of the meeting were finalized in the past few days by Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who returned in the early hours of Thursday from a face-to-face meeting with Kim.
Amid concerns that North Korea will demand the US withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Kang emphasized that the US military presence there must be "a matter for the US-ROK alliance first and foremost", using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea. It has always been the North's economic lifeline, but trade between the two has plummeted following its implementation of United Nations economic sanctions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
The White House then said that Pyongyang releasing the detainees was a goodwill gesture and Trump added that this way the meet would be a "big success". I just want to say that they are really great people.
Singapore, nearly 3,000 miles south of Pyongyang, maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea which has an embassy and ambassador in the country.
The move was arranged through Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, who made a second trip to North Korea to broker the deal.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hinted on Friday at the possibility of meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if it leads to resolving the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens by the North. Warmbier's death had escalated US-North Korea tensions, already running high at the time over Pyongyang's stepped-up missile tests.
Rather than merely words or promises from North Korea for denuclearization, "we very much hope to see further steps, more concrete steps toward denuclearization being produced at the U.S. I think there's a complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", he said.