KCNA did not report details of the group's activities, but high-ranking officials from Beijing and Pyongyang are believed to have exchanged views on the summit to be held between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore. Trump welcomed the "gracious gesture". In addition, the summit will also touch upon the issue of establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea, the adjustment of the mechanism for peaceful development of the peninsula, the economic development of North Korea and its openness.
Later in the day, they stopped by a Chinese Academy of Sciences facility in the Zhongguancun High-tech Zone, which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited in March. Tony Kim and Kim Hak-Song joined President Trump on the tarmac at roughly 3am after landing back in the US, they had been held in North Korea for 12 months each.
"The prospect for North Korea is for it to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way South Korea does", he said.
The nations' top diplomat was speaking with CBS News' Face the Nation when he was asked to comment on other Americans held captive overseas after bringing home three prisoners detained by North Korea. If Kim Jong-un desires peace, he must come clean on all of his country's nuclear weapons.
All three men are ethnic Koreans who became naturalized US citizens. One fact that aligns USA interests with South Korea's is that we station over 20,000 USA military personnel and a substantial number of their dependents in the part of the country that would be the scene of intense fighting in a conflict with North Korea. "If we are going to get to this historic outcome, both sides have to be prepared to take a truly measures to achieve it", said Pompeo.
Chinese forces intervened and pushed the United Nations troops back around the 38th parallel, and while the shooting continued, the sides began a two-year process of stitching together a cease-fire, reached in 1953.
The Seoul-based expert added North Korea would have preferred other countries such as China, Russia, and Mongolia, but the U.S. would have minded their positions as global rivals or as an unfamiliar third party.
Despite Beijing-Washington trade frictions, Trump considers Xi "a friend" and has discussed the Korean peninsula with him during bilateral meetings - to the point of being lectured by Xi on Sino-Korean relations over dinner. In 2000, toward the end of the Bill Clinton administration, the North invited then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Pyongyang, but negotiations fell apart after the change in U.S. administration. As Trump often says, "Let's see what would happen". There are still at least four Americans being held in Iran...
When asked about the president's contrasting stance, White House Assistant Press secretary Raj Shah said it was due to Kim's actions in "good faith".