President Donald Trump has already outdone his predecessors on North Korea by pulling together a global coalition to tighten sanctions, winning the release of three USA prisoners and arranging for a summit with Kim Jong Un.
The White House said they had been freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the planned meeting between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Drawn to big moments and bigger headlines, Mr. Trump views the North Korea summit as a legacy-maker for him, believing that the combustible combination of his bombast and charm already has led to warmer relations between North and South. It is possible that North Korea will call for the removal of the "nuclear umbrella" that the United States provides to South Korea.
"My proudest achievement will be - this is part of it - when we denuclearise that entire peninsula".
Later, during a Cabinet meeting, Trump said the three Americans were "fine people" and seemed to be healthy, adding, "I appreciate Kim Jong Un doing this and allowing them to go".
"Here's the worry I have: Trump doesn't listen to anybody, and he's going to have to change because this is the most momentous event in his presidency", Bill Richardson, former USA ambassador to the United Nations who negotiated many times with North Korea.
Most of the nuclear program was dismantled within months and nuclear material was shipped out of the country.
It is not clear what, if anything, North Korea will agree to at the summit or what Kim means by denuclearization.
Living in North Korea isn't exactly a vacation, but you wouldn't know that from listening to Trump. -North Korea summit focusing on ridding the North of its nuclear weapons. Pompeo was said to have expressed thanks to Kim for his "cordial hospitality" and "showed his resolution and will to strive for the successful DPRK-U.S. summit as the U.S. secretary of state".
Singapore is considered a neutral country with the necessary infrastructure and security to host such a landmark summit, having prior experience putting together important meetings in a short period of time.
The men were freed after Pompeo traveled to the North Korean capital to meet the North Korean leader for the second time in less than six weeks to prepare a first-ever meeting between sitting US and North Korean leaders.
Seoul is investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrival of a dozen North Korean restaurant workers in 2016, after a South Korean report suggested some of the women might have been brought to the South against their will. From tax reform to worldwide trade to foreign policy, Trump has pursued a high-risk, high-reward approach that advisers say can help produce results on longstanding problems - and that critics warn could trigger unsafe repercussions all the way from a trade war to global conflict.
"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Kang said. Their release comes before an expected meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the U.S. forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit.
Suzanne DiMaggio, director, The U.S. -Iran Initiative, and senior fellow, New America.
A military plane carrying three Americans freed from captivity in North Korea has arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.
President Trump speaks about the hostages released from North Korea during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday.
Pompeo, the top US diplomat, had traveled to Pyongyang for meetings with senior North Korean officials Wednesday, and speculation had grown that he would be returning with the three detainees.
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