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

Contrasting the wealth of South Korea to the poverty and deprivation of the North, Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to provide assistance to North Korea if Kim meets US demands to forfeit its nuclear weapons.

Officials traveling with Pompeo include White House National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Matt Pottinger, State Department policy planning director Brian Hook, and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert.

Trump, who personally greeted the trio at the Andrews Air Force Base, praised Kim for their release ahead of their summit.

"My only hope is with President Trump", said Hwang In-cheol, the son of a broadcast journalist whose flight was hijacked by a North Korean operative almost 50 years ago.

"I really think he wants to do something", the President added, speaking about the recent diplomatic efforts of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

When asked what the President meant when he said on Thursday that the summit could be scuttled, Mr Shah said: "Well, we have over a month, right?"

Three Korean-Americans now are imprisoned in North Korea. "And I think it'll be very successful". The best Mr Trump can do is an incremental approach - highlighting the full range of concerns, solving one problem and then building on it, the very approach European leaders recommended - and Mr Trump rejected - in the context of Iran.

Singapore is an ideal site for the summit because Singapore historically has been an honest broker between East and West. Singapore has been a great friend to the U.S. but also Singapore has carefully worked to be a friend to all, which has earned it trust in capitals around the world.

On April 30, Trump said that if things worked out as a summit in Panmunjom, "there is a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country". "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.

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Trump had demurred on how likely their return was, telling reporters on Tuesday "we'll all soon be finding out". "It'd be a great gesture if they'd agree to do so".

The three former detainees issued a joint statement on Wednesday thanking Trump for their release. The two men will shake hands on neutral ground as Trump tries to convince Kim to give up his nuclear weapons, but human rights advocates say the president needs to push for even more. Yes, the summit with Donald Trump could have been held in North Korea itself or in the United States. He was the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation and the highest-ranking USA official to meet the young North Korean leader.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly pushed for Trump to raise the issue of repeated abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea in his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Fox News reported that the summit is expected to take place in Singapore in early June.

Trump said on Wednesday he would announce the location and the timing of the summit in three days time, after repeatedly teasing the meeting date had been set.

When Trump and Kim do sit down a month from now, the two relatively untested leaders will be presented with a puzzle that has stymied seasoned diplomats for decades. "We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula", the ministry added.

U.S. officials had also considered holding the summit at the Korean demilitarized zone or in Mongolia, but ultimately settled on the city-state of Singapore as the location.

A plane carrying three Americans released by North Korea landed at a military base bear Washington early on Thursday to be welcomed by U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania.

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