On his flight home from North Korea on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters the day and location had been set for the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Not long after Pompeo’s remarks were made, Trump revealed to reporters at the White House that the public would know the time and place of his meeting with Kim within the next three days. While he did not give the where and when of the summit, he did reveal where it would not be: the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the border between the two countries. Trump had recently floated the possibility of using the DMZ as a setting for the meeting.
“We picked a time, we picked a place for the meeting, or summit as you like to call it, and I think it will be very successful, but as I always say, who knows,” said Trump.
Pompeo told the reporters on board with him that he thinks Kim “is trying to set good conditions for the summit” and that the U.S. is having “good conversations, productive conversations” with the North Koreans. “I think the work that President Trump has done to put us in this place made this possible,” he said.
The U.S. Secretary of State spent approximately 13 hours in North Korea, during which he spent time with Kim. “I had a good and lengthy conversation with Chairman Kim in preparation for the President’s summit,” said Pompeo.
We had a chance to talk substantively about what we intend to be on the agenda, and also how we’re going to begin to coordinate in the days ahead between now and the summit in a way that we – both sides are confident that we will set the conditions for a successful meeting between the two leaders.
The three prisoners were said to be in good health considering that they had been held in captivity.
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