NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Un has said during a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that a forthcoming summit with President Donald Trump would be a positive step towards a “good future” on the Korean Peninsula.
The North’s Korean Central News Agency said in an English dispatch that Kim “said that the coming DPRK-US summit would be a historic meeting for the excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula and building of a good future.”
DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and is the official name for North Korea.
“At the meeting, an in-depth discussion was made on the practical matters for holding the DPRK-US summit and its procedure and ways. Kim Jong-un reached a satisfactory consensus on the issues discussed with the US state secretary,” added the dispatch.
It was the first time Kim is known to have acknowledged the planned meeting with Trump, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Pompeo was in the North to discuss arrangements for the high-stakes summit, expected within weeks, as well as to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea.
The KCNA said that Kim “accepted an official suggestion of the US president for the release of Americans who have been detained” and gave an order “on granting amnesty to them for their repatriation.”
The freed prisoners are flying to Washington where Trump said he planned to meet them early on Thursday.
A US, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Singapore has emerged as the likeliest location for the planned summit after Trump ruled out holding it at the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.
Additional reporting from Reuters and AFP.