Historic US-North Korea Meeting Scheduled for June 12 in Singapore

| MAY 10, 2018 | 2:45 PM

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President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to take place in mid-June in Singapore. 

“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The news was first reported by Korean news agency Yonhap.

The summit, which has been in the works for months, would mark the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and the North Korean leader.

White House officials have quietly ironed out the logistics over the past few weeks. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned Thursday morning from an under the radar, off-schedule North Korean trip, where he's said to have finalized plans with Kim. 

Trump told reporters this week that while he is prepared for tough negotiations, he expects fruitful talks.

“Everything can be scuttled. Lot of good things can happen. Lot of bad things can happen,” Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting Wednesday. 

“I think we have a really good shot at making it successful, but lots of things can happen,” he said, adding that the press will be the “first to know” if deliberations sour. 

Trump and Kim's relationship has morphed significantly in the last few months.

Just last September, Trump lambasted Kim, calling him a “madman.”

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” the president tweeted in September. Kim reportedly responded in turn, calling the U.S. leader a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” after Trump threatened to destroy North Korea via twitter.

“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation,” Kim said, according to a statement released by Korean Central News Agency.

Now, it seems their relationship has softened. 

Earlier Thursday, Trump praised Kim for his treatment of three Americans who were detained in North Korea. 

“We want to thank Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews.

Currently, it is unknown who will join Trump on his trip or at the negotiating table while visiting the Southeast Asian island. There, Trump is expected to demand total North Korean denuclearization, which the president has simply defined as “giving up all the nukes.”

The White House is expected to release further details in the coming weeks.