Trump thanks Singapore PM for hosting US-North Korea summit

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Over the past year, the US and other regional allies including Japan and South Korea have imposed more sanctions against the pariah state as it aggressively expanded its nuclear capabilities.

Under an American flag and dark night sky, US President Donald Trump personally welcomed home three American detainees Thursday morning after they were released from North Korea.

U.S. officials said their freedom removed the last major obstacle, providing Trump with tangible evidence that his twin-track policy of engagement and "maximum pressure" was working.

The president later tweeted he hoped the meeting with Kim would bring about world peace. "A lot of very good things have happened", Trump said as he greeted the three former prisoners.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are set to meet on June 12, in Singapore. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un.

In another sign of blossoming diplomatic relations, it was recently revealed that former Central Intelligence Agency director and now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to North Korea for a secret meeting with Kim over the Easter weekend. "I think there's a complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", he said.

Trump has said the goal for his upcoming talks with Kim is for North Korea to agree to denuclearize.

But tensions have since eased, starting around the time of the North's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

She said the United States troop presence in the South for the past 65 years has played a "crucial role for deterrence", peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. Mr. Trump sounded optimistic about his upcoming summit during a rally in IN on Thursday. "They regard the North Korea-US summit as an opportunity to confirm‎ their status as a nuclear power".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had secured their release on May 9 in Pyongyang after meeting Kim and other North Korean officials on final plans for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump previously stated he wished to hold the historic meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the fortified border area in between the two Koreas, but reports indicate his advisers preferred the more neutral location of Singapore. "We are very, very happy", he declared.