Published On: Thu, May 10th, 2018

North Korea: Donald Trump meeting with Kim Jong-un CONFIRMED for June 12th

This afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted: “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!”

The summit will be crucial as the US leader tries to diffuse tensions between Washington and Kim Jong-un‘s brutal regime in Pyongyang.

It will be the first meeting between a serving American president and a North Korean leader since the communist state was founded in 1948.

Mr Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from a visit to North Korea earlier today.

Following Pompeo’s visit, Mr Trump said he believed Kim wanted to bring North Korea “into the real world” and had high hopes for their meeting.

“I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful.

He said: “My proudest achievement will be – this is part of it – when we denuclearise that entire peninsula.”

Mr Trump and Kim engaged furious broadsides last year over North Korea’s development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the US.

The President mocked Kim as “rocket man” and warned he would see “fire and fury” if he did not halt his provocative missile tests.

But tensions began to ease, coinciding with the North’s participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

But Mr Pompeo’s visit has not cleared up the central question of whether North Korea will be willing to bargain away its nuclear weapons.

Its ruling family has long seen the weapons as crucial to its survival, believing them to be a detterant against regime change.

News of the summit has sparked speculation Mr Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson even suggested the US leader could be awarded the prestigious gong.

He said:  “If Trump can fix North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal, then I don’t see why he’s any less of a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize than Barack Obama.”

In response, Mr Trump played down the speculation, saying: “Everyone thinks so but I would never say it. You know what I want to do, I want to get it finished.

“The prize I want is victory for the world, not even for here, victory for the world is the only prize I want.”

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