He did not mention other adversaries by name, but Pompeo and others have often noted that the USA played a major role in rebuilding Japan and the European axis powers in the wake of the Second World War.
The main issue under discussion at the Trump-Kim summit will be North Korea's nuclear weapons, which the USA is demanding Pyongyang give up. Such a move might force the USA to halt the meeting, a presidential spokesman said yesterday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials joined Trump to celebrate the occasion at Joint Base Andrews near Washington. He returned on a separate plane, joining Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the tarmac.
They emerged a few minutes later with the three former detainees to the cheers of watching military personnel. Once there, we waited for Pompeo to arrive and soon the U.S. Air Force C-32, a converted Boeing 757, was airborne.
"This is a special night for these three really great people", Trump told reporters. Yes, the summit with Donald Trump could have been held in North Korea itself or in the United States.
They appeared exhausted but in excellent spirits, flashing peace signs and waving their arms as they emerged from the aircraft.
Through a translator, the men said it was "like a dream" to be home. They later gave the president a round of applause. They will then be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment. "That was a big problem, and I think it's going to work out well".
Otto Warmbier was imprisoned for trying to steal a political banner.
Singapore will also be acceptable to China, North Korea's only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month's proceedings. As for America, there is a bilateral free-trade agreement between them and Singapore is a strategic partner. "We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home", the trio said.
Family members of prisoner Tony Kim saying they "thank God" for his safe return.
"We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula", Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
In his negotiations with North Korea, Trump has started with a win, gaining the release of three USA prisoners who had been held by the Kim regime.
"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, US negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. Their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.
The U.S.is eyeing "commitments to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and milestones to benchmark", Manning said. But while the US demands an immediate dismantlement of the nuclear program, Kim has called for a phased and synchronized approach, leading skeptics to believe his real intention is to win sanctions relief. While the United States aggressively pushes for the release of detained Americans and Japan regularly raises its citizens held in the North, South Korea has maintained a quieter stance.
The last American to be released before this, college student Otto Warmbier, died in June 2017, days after he was repatriated to the USA with severe brain damage.
One of the men, Kim Dong Chul, 64, had been sentenced to 10 years' hard labour in North Korea in 2016 after being accused of spying. "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.
After the release of the detainees Thursday, North Korea's state-run media explicitly mentioned plans for the summit for the first time Thursday.