The Latest: Trump, North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet June 12

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is envisioning "a very special moment for world peace" after announcing he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for summit talks in Singapore on June 12.

Trump revealed the highly anticipated setting and date after hosting a 3 a.m., made-for-TV welcome home for three Americans who had been held by Kim's government.

Trump and Kim have agreed to the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump says the U.S. is aiming for "denuclearization" of the entire Korean peninsula. Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is.

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12:18 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending President Donald Trump for thanking North Korea's leader for releasing three detained Americans.

The Wisconsin Republican says people should "give the president some leeway" as he prepares for next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Ryan also lauded the release of the Americans as a good faith gesture by the North Koreans ahead of talks over possibly eliminating that country's nuclear weapons.

Ryan told reporters at a news conference Thursday that before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang that secured their release, the U.S. was not certain the imprisoned Americans would actually be released.


10:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong in Singapore on June 12.

The president tweeted, "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

Trump is providing details for the first time about the history-making meeting between a sitting American president and the leader of North Korea over denuclearization.

He'd said he favored holding the meeting at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas. But the island nation was favored by most of his advisers.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang twice to meet with Kim in recent months, in a precursor to the Trump-Kim meeting. Pompeo returned overnight with three captive Americans during his most recent trip.


10:40 a.m.

The military hospital that received the three Americans released by North Korea says they will be reunited with their families once they have achieved what hospital officials call "an optimal period of decompression."

The statement was released through the Pentagon by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

It says family support is critically important for the returnees, and that allowing them to decompress away from their families is the standard, proven process for all who reintegrate into American society after a period of captivity.

The statement says reuniting with families too soon can "cause additional psychological stress."

It adds that "too much stimuli all at once is emotionally overwhelming."


10:30 a.m.

A U.N. human rights expert is welcoming North Korea's release of three Americans as "another important building block" for peace prospects.

President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans home overnight. Their release comes before an expected meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tomas Ojea Quintana is the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. Quintana says in a statement that it was "important decision" by the North Korean government, "which I hope will offer an opportunity to further address human rights and humanitarian concerns."

He urged North Korea to release six South Korean nationals, including three pastors, who are still being held.


7:35 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence is revealing new details about the conditions of the three Americans freed by North Korea, saying one was evidently kept from the daylight.

Pence tells ABC News that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him that, during a refueling stop in Anchorage, "one of the detainees asked to go outside the plane because he hadn't seen daylight in a very long time."

Pence also told CBS he spoke Wednesday with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American detainee who died last year shortly after his release from North Korean captivity.

Pence said: "I simply let them know that while we received this news with joy, that Otto was on all our hearts and the family was in our prayers."

He adds: "We got Otto home the last year, but it wasn't soon enough."


7:35 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea has been dealing with the U.S. "in good faith" as President Donald Trump prepares for a historic sit-down with Kim Jong Un.

Speaking to NBC News, Pence says: "In this moment, the regime in North Korea has been dealing, as far as we can see, in good faith."

Pence says that despite Trump's recent praise for Kim, the administration is not ignoring the North's abysmal human rights record.

He says, "We have no illusions about that."

But Pence says the U.S. believes "North Korea has taken steps that indicate this may be an opportunity for a breakthrough" on the Korean Peninsula.


3:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump thanked North Korea's Kim Jong Un for releasing three Americans from captivity, saying he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, Trump said of Kim, "I really think he wants to do something."

He added of the talks between his administration and the North Korean government, "It's never been taken this far."

Trump said he will not disclose whether he will have any personal conversations with Kim as they prepare for their historic summit in the coming weeks.

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2:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is on board the military plane carrying three Americans released from North Korea during a middle-of-the-night welcome ceremony at a military base outside Washington.

Trump is on hand to greet Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews, along with many senior administration officials.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump climbed red-carpeted stairs to privately welcome the trio aboard the military C-40. The group is expected to disembark the plane together. The aircraft is parked before a large American flag suspended between two fire trucks.

The three former detainees will be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment, the White House says.

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2:42 a.m.

A military plane carrying three Americans freed from captivity in North Korea has arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. President Donald Trump is on hand to greet them.

A Boeing C-40 outfitted with medical facilities arrived at the base at 2:42 a.m., carrying Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, who were released to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about 20 hours earlier.

Pompeo was in Pyongyang to discuss Trump's plans to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks. He returned on a separate plane, joining Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on the tarmac.

The three former detainees will be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

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2:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to greet three Korean-Americans as they return to the mainland U.S. after more than a year imprisoned in North Korea.

The president is accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are also awaiting the arrival of the former detainees.

The men were released Wednesday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Pyongyang after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid final plans for a Trump-Kim summit.

Pompeo's plane is expected to arrive at Andrews first, followed by a military medical plane carrying the three men who had been imprisoned. They will then be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

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1:15 a.m.

State Department officials have taken great pains to keep three former North Korean detainees sequestered as they are flown back to the mainland United States.

The three men, along with medical personnel, including a psychiatrist, were cloistered in the middle of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane in a small section of 12 seats that was cordoned off by curtains on both ends.

State Department officials refused to discuss anything but the most basic details of their conditions, citing privacy concerns.

The three Korean-Americans — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim — will be greeted by President Donald Trump when they arrive early Thursday at the Washington-area Joint Base Andrews. They were released Wednesday by North Korea.

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12:45 a.m.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his pledge to win release of Japanese abductees detained for decades in North Korea as he congratulated three Americans' return home.

The Americans freed after more than a year in North Korea's prison flew home Wednesday.

Abe congratulated their release as Pyongyang's forward-looking step ahead of its summit with the U.S., but stressed that many Japanese are still stuck in North Korea.

Abe says he is determined to pursue efforts to bring them home and seek support from the U.S., South Korea and China.

Japan says North Korea abducted at least 17 Japanese decades ago to train spies in Japanese language and culture. Pyongyang acknowledged in 2002 abducting 13. It said eight had died, and allowed five others to visit Japan — and they stayed.


12:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is promising "quite a scene" when three Korean Americans detained in North Korea return to the mainland U.S. after more than a year in prison.

Their freedom is a bonus from the warming of relations between the longtime adversaries.

Despite a middle-of-the-night landing Thursday at the Washington-area Joint Base Andrews, Trump and his wife plan to celebrate in person when the freed men arrive.

The men were released Wednesday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Pyongyang after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid final plans for a Trump-Kim summit.

Singapore is the likely site for the historic meeting, late this month or in early June, and Pompeo says it would last one day and possibly a second.