WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Thursday that his meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, will be held on June 12 in Singapore.
The announcement came in a tweet just hours after Mr. Trump met the three recently freed American hostages at Joint Base Andrews, where they arrived in the middle of the night after their release by North Korea.
The summit will be the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting American president and the North Korean leader. Releasing the hostages removed a significant obstacle for Mr. Trump as he heads into the peace talks. A senior United States official said releasing the three men was an American condition to the talks.
Mr. Trump hopes to convince Mr. Kim to abandon his nuclear weapons and the missiles that can carry them. When Mr. Trump greeted the hostages in the early morning hours, he told reporters that his proudest achievement will be “when we denuclearize that entire peninsula.”
The president only recently ruled out a meeting site in the Demilitarized Zone, the strip of land that divides the Koreas.
Singapore, while considered a more neutral site, is a common port of call for American warships. Singapore hosts a major international port and the United States Navy operates a logistics headquarters there.
In determining the location of the meeting, officials also had to consider the limited places where Mr. Kim could travel due to his nation’s aging fleet of Soviet-era aircraft.
“Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level,” Mr. Trump said earlier on Thursday. “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.”
Last year Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim threatened nuclear war against each other’s countries.
The hostages, who were being held in North Korea on charges of committing espionage or unidentified “hostile acts” against the nation, faced different treatment from the North Koreans. One man, Kim Dong-chul, said he had to do “a lot of labor,” but, he said, when he was sick, he received treatment. The three men were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for testing.