Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Donald Trump hails Kim Jong Un as North Korea prisoners arrive home

Donald Trump hails Kim Jong Un as North Korea prisoners arrive home

"Plans are being made".

Trump has vowed that he will not let that happen and has demanded that North Korea give up its nukes.

"They can be ensured - to ensure both the President's security and Kim Jong Un's security, as well as provide neutrality", he said, referring to the North Korean leader.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends", he said. Eighteen years ago, I had accompanied Madeleine Albright on her historic trip to North Korea, the first-ever by a sitting secretary of state - a highly choreographed and publicized two-day affair covered by some 80 journalists. Quintana says in a statement that it was "important decision" by the North Korean government, "which I hope will offer an opportunity to further address human rights and humanitarian concerns". "We'll talk about it again". "It would be a great thing if they are", he added. Choi said he managed over the years to smuggle out 20 South Korean abductees and Korean War prisoners over the North's border with China, but hasn't been able to arrange a successful escape attempt in "seven or eight years".

The three Korean-Americans - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - will be greeted by President Donald Trump when they arrive early Thursday at the Washington-area Joint Base Andrews. The detainees also included the plane's captain, co-pilot and two flight attendants, who later appeared in North Korean propaganda broadcasts.

North Korea's state companies have, in the past, conducted legal and illegal business dealings with Singapore companies.

Moon and Trump also held a phone conversation late Wednesday after Pompeo departed from Pyongyang. Fond of the idea of making history, the president told advisers he was driven to accomplish something that his predecessors could not and believed that his negotiating skills and strong relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could lead to the unprecedented achievement, according to four White House officials and outside advisers. We're not going to relieve sanctions until such time as we achieved our objectives. "We have the location set", he said. That, the North's leaders will say, would take much longer, and would require more step-by-step measures by the United States and its regional allies to remove "mistrust" - a favorite North Korean concern.

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When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane carrying the three newly released prisoners made a refueling stop in Anchorage, one of them asked to go outside, saying he hadn't seen daylight in a long time. "The issue of sequencing steps that each side must take is one of the toughest parts of any negotiation of this magnitude".

Other experts said there can't be a summit unless North Korea were to release the three American prisoners.

"Singapore has been a great friend to the US but also Singapore has carefully worked to be a friend to all, which has earned it trust in capitals around the world", he said.

Atlantic Council's senior fellow Robert Manning told VOA that what the Trump administration is looking for is "more than declarations".

Kim declared his nuclear forced as complete in December, following the country's most powerful nuclear test to date in September and also three flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles created to reach the USA mainland.

Amnesty International USA and other human rights groups urged Trump to include human rights issues in his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then-President Ma Ying-jeou came in 2015 to discuss cross-strait issues, the first such meeting since Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.

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