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5/10/2018 9:34:50 AM

Kim says Trump summit 'historic' chance to build 'good future': KCNA

Kim Jong-un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has expressed his confidence that the upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a historic one.

DPRK leader Kim Jong-un expresses confidence in summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo: AFP/STR)

The summit would be an excellent first step toward promoting the positive development of situation on the Korean Peninsula and building a good future, Kim said during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 9th, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Kim highly appreciated that Trump showed deep interest in settling the issue on Korean Peninsula through dialogue, the news agency said.

He also agreed to the request by the U.S. side for the release of three Americans, and exchanged with Pompeo "the appraisal and view on the acute situation of the Korean Peninsula, which is now a pressing matter of the whole world's concern, and the stance and opinions of the supreme leaderships of the DPRK and the US on their summit," according to the KCNA.

It was the first time Kim is known to have acknowledged the planned meeting with Trump.

DPRK and the U.S. are preparing to hold their first ever summit talks. Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang was apparently aimed at determining the date and venue for the summit.

Trump earlier said that Pompeo is on his way back with three American detainees held in DPRK and that the date and venue of his summit with Kim have been set.

The KCNA said that Kim "accepted an official suggestion of the U.S. president for the release of Americans who have been detained" and gave an order "on granting amnesty to them for their repatriation."

Pompeo also delivered Kim a "verbal message" from Trump, the KCNA said, adding Kim highly appreciated that the U.S. president has shown "deep interest in settling the issue through dialogue."

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