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Donald Trump greets the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews

The meeting would be the first between a sitting USA president and a leader of North Korea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held two meetings in China since March as North Korea prepares for a planned summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Pompeo had met previously with Kim while Central Intelligence Agency director, flying secretly to North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the possibility of a summit meeting with President Donald Trump and negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.

Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, Trump said of Kim, "I really think he wants to do something". The two leaders are expected to meet sometime in June.

Kim Dong Chul described his time in the North in less pleasant terms, saying through an interpreter, "We were treated in many different ways".

China has welcomed the upcoming summit of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and USA leaders in Singapore on June 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday.

The Trump-Kim summit is scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore.

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"So the relationship is good, and hopefully, for all of us, for the world, hopefully something very good is going to happen".

In spite of an easing of tensions and a return to dialogue in recent months, North Korea has given no indication that it is willing to go beyond statements of broad support the for concept of denuclearization and unilaterally abandon a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.

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

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The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen for its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting global summits, observers say.

"But we got, up front, our people home".

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He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953.

At the inter-Korean summit last month, Kim suggested hosting soccer and basketball games in Pyongyang and in the South Korean capital, Seoul, and sending North Korea's acrobatic circus troupes to the South, Moon recalled on Thursday.

Breitbart News reported that "North Korea has told the White House that the country is open to discussing shutting down their illegal nuclear weapons program".

Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter visited after leaving office, multiple rounds of non-proliferation talks have taken place, and a deal was even signed in 1994.

North Korea embodied the earliest-and arguably the only ongoing-front in the Cold War.

"The United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to achieving the permanent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", Pompeo told reporters on Friday.

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