Trump rules out DMZ as venue for Kim Jong-un meeting

North Korean leader Kim visits China meets President Xi

State media KCNA also said that Kim reached a satisfactory consensus with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upon their meeting.

Trump is set to hold an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks to negotiate over Pyongyang´s arsenal, after it a year ago carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland. After Kim's release was announced, his family issued a statement through their lawyer. AP #4152917/3 "And we very much look forward to having the meeting between the United States and North Korea and that will be announced over the next couple of days as to timing". "It also delivers a political score for the scandal-ridden President Trump at home, giving him something to brag about".

The family of Tony Kim, one of the freed prisoners, said in a statement: "We are very grateful for the release of our husband and father, Tony Kim, and the other two American detainees".

Trump also praised Kim for the release of the three American. Hak-song had been doing research at the college and was detained a month later for the same alleged offense.

Kim Dong Chul was arrested in 2015 for spying on behalf of South Korea, he told CNN in January 2016.

By the end of what he called "a long day", Pompeo seemed to have cleaned up his act and called the North Korean leader "Chairman Kim" in speaking to reporters.

According to China´s official Xinhua news agency, Kim told Xi that "relevant parties" should "abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK".


Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Dong-chul are the three men held hostage.

Kim, who had not ventured out of his isolated country for any official meetings in his first six years in power, has held two rounds of talks with President Xi Jinping in little more than a month. The two sides agreed to meet again to finalise details of the summit, a US official said. They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labor camps.

"We must take the recent momentum towards denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula and towards peace and security in Northeast Asia, and, cooperating even further with worldwide society, make sure this is linked to concrete action by North Korea", Abe told a news conference after the meeting. We also want to thank the President for engaging directly with North Korea.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that we gave them nothing.

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign for drawing North Korea to the table and has vowed to keep sanctions in place until Pyongyang takes concrete steps to denuclearize.

People can be jailed by the regime for nearly anything, activists say, with crimes ranging from watching a South Korean DVD to trying to defect from the country.

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