Trump Greets Americans Freed By North Korea

Mike Pompeo paves the way in Pyongyang for Trump-Kim summit

The president said the men would be landing on American soil at 2 a.m. Thursday.

"We are very, very happy", said Kim.

The venue for the summit will be announced "within three days", the U.S. president added.

The arrival of the men in Maryland capped a whirlwind journey for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who secured their release during a 13-hour visit to Pyongyang, the North's capital.

The three men released a statement through the State Department at a stop over in Alaska, expressing their "deep appreciation" for the president's efforts to free them.

"And I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful and if anybody would have said that five years ago, 10 years ago - even a year ago - you would have said that´s not possible".

"I think this will be a very big success".

Trump has previously said the release of the three men was part of working towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump's suggestion that Kim was "excellent" to the three men, who were detained for dubious reasons in North Korea and sent to labor camps, is questionable.

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He's also tied with Boston's Torey Krug for most points with 12 while skating an average of 26 minutes, 25 seconds a game. Nashville needs a repeat of game four. "I'm not going to do much grocery shopping", captain Blake Wheeler joked.

She said the Times should modify or retract the article, because it's clear the writer was trying to undermine the Trump administration by focusing attention on the "separation" between the president and his secretary of state at a key moment.

The release of the last US detainees in North Korea appeared to signal an effort by Kim to improve the tone for the summit and followed his recent pledge to suspend missile tests and shut a nuclear bomb test site.

Between Singapore and the DMZ, US officials have shown preference for the former as they see the country's neutrality and infrastructure as advantages over locations nearer to Pyongyang.

The Americans should never have been detained in the first place, Mr Schumer said on the Senate floor.

"Relationships are building", Trump said at the White House as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to the North. Otto Warmbier, who was captive for 17 months, returned to the U.S.in a coma, dying a short time later.

South Korean officials have also been involved in talks about the meetings. More than a dozen abductees still remain missing, according to the Japanese government.

Trump's own preference was for the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, but aides argued that this would look too much like Trump going to Kim's turf.

"This is a special night for these three really great people", said Mr Trump. "We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula", the ministry added.

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