Trump-Kim Jong-un To Meet In Singapore On 12 JuneA South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing pictures of US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on March 9, 2018. U/ AFP PHOTO / Jung Yeon-je (Photo credits: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

In his usual style of Twiplomacy, United States (US) President Donald Trump yesterday (10 May) announced that the much awaited summit between him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will be held on 12 June in Singapore.

The meeting had been on the cards since North Korea began sending reconciliatory signals about two months ago, in the face of tough economic sanctions against its nuclear tests.

In an unexpected outreach, Kim Jong-un had earlier met the Chinese President Xi Jinping and held a summit with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in earlier. North Korea had also committed to complete denuclearisation during the summit.

South Korea had then thanked the US President for the meeting between the two neighbours that are officially still at war with each other.

In another reconciliatory gesture, North Korea had earlier this week released three US detainees who were welcomed by Trump on their return to the US.

The meeting will represent the first time a sitting US President will meet a North Korean leader, BBC has reported. Earlier precedents, like a meeting between Chinese and Taiwanese leaders, has led to Singapore being chosen as the venue for the meeting.

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