SINGAPORE, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the island nation will host the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Singapore is pleased to host the meeting between the two leaders on June 12, the ministry said in a statement issued here late Thursday night, adding: "We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula."

Trump tweeted earlier Thursday that the highly anticipated meeting will take place in Singapore on June 12, and said: "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

Trump's remarks came on the heels of the DPRK's release of three detained US citizens, who returned to the US with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early Thursday after his visit to Pyongyang in preparation for the Trump-Kim summit.

On April 30, Trump said that Singapore and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the DPRK and the republic of Korea (ROK) were possible sites for his meeting with Kim. On Wednesday, Trump ruled out the DMZ, a place he clearly preferred in his earlier tweets considering its symbolic implications.

US analysts said Singapore won out for its neutrality.

While meeting with the three US detainees at Joint Base Andrews in the state of Maryland, near Washington, Trump said that his "proudest achievement will be ...when we denuclearize that entire peninsula".

"This is what people have been waiting for for a long time. Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of the speed. Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest level," he said, referring to his meeting with Kim.

"We will see if we can do something that people did not think was going to happen for many, many years...we're starting off on a new footing."

When asked if he wanted to visit the DPRK one day, Trump said "it could happen".

Source: NAM News Network