A Date with Destiny — and Korea
The date for the highly-anticipated meeting between the U.S. president and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un is set to take place June 12 in Singapore.
The meeting comes only weeks after the historic Panmunjom Declaration was signed by North and South Korea, ushering in peaceful relations between the two countries for the first time in 68 years.
This will be the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
Both North and South Korea had advocated for the meeting to take place in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two countries and only settled on Singapore after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korea.
Apparently, Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly believed that hosting the talks in the DMZ could appear too “conciliatory” to Kim Jong-un, and succeeded in convincing the president to have the talks in Singapore instead.
Just last week, Kim Jong-un announced that North Korea would dismantle the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site ahead of the meeting, where six texts have taken place since 2006 in a tunnel system dug beneath Mount Mantap.
One of the test explosions was so powerful satellite imaging was able to detect Mount Mantap moving as a result.
International media has been invited to attend and observe the historic event, though foreign nuclear experts will not be in attendance.
Kim Jong-un also released three American prisoners last week.
The prisoners, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, were imprisoned in North Korea for months.
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