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The US president met the plane bearing the three ex-prisoners of Pyongyang as it arrived in the DC area. Trump said in a Twitter message on Thursday announcing the date and place of the long-anticipated talks.

As the current chair of ASEAN, Singapore is already scheduled to host multiple high-profile meetings this year, the American Enterprise Institute's Dan Blumenthal told Politico, and will also host the ministers of defence from nearly 30 nations early next month at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

The summit will be the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting US president and the North Korean leader.

"The president was there to meet the freed men - along with Melania, who is hoping to be freed next", Colbert added. The dispatch also made the first official mention by the North of plans for the Trump-Kim summit. "When I make promises, I keep them".

Shah added that Singapore was selected as the venue for the historic meeting because it had political ties with both the countries.

"When the president spoke in a positive sense about Kim Jong Un and his willingness to do that, sure, that is a positive development". The president said that the meeting was "something that many said was not going to happen for many, many years" and added that a further announcement would be forthcoming soon.

"We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula", Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Abe also said such an opportunity could only follow a successful outcome in Singapore, which would raise expectations for an overall resolution of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

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The three men — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim — walked on their own from a van and onto the plane of top diplomat Mike Pompeo. The White House said the men are in good health and undergoing medical evaluations at Walter Reed Hospital.

Kim Dong Chul, a former Virginia resident who had reportedly run a company on North Korea's border with Russian Federation, had been sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of espionage.

After leaving North Korea, the three USA citizens were flown to Japan, where they then boarded a medically-outfitted Boeing for their flight back to the US. He had previously said the release of the men was part of working towards the denuclearisation of North Korea.

"For instance, early this morning, the three American hostages freed by North Korea landed safely in the United States".

The Trump administration has made clear it regarded the arrests as politically motivated, and had been bitterly critical of North Korea's refusal to grant consular access to the three, other than a brief visit by a US envoy last June.

The White House cautioned that any provocation from North Korea before the meeting could jeopardize the summit.

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