President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not be in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the location he expressed a preference for last week.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the date and location of his meeting with Kim, which he has previously said has already been decided, will be released within the next three days.
“We’re just working arrangements,” the president said.
At a press conference last week, Trump suggested that the heavily fortified border that separates the Korean peninsula would be an especially symbolic location for his planned meeting with Kim, which, if it happens, would be the first known meeting of a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader. Singapore is also under consideration as a meeting place for Trump and Kim, the president said last week.
"There's something that I like about it because you're there, you’re actually there, where if things work out, there's a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country," Trump said last week of holding his meeting with Kim at the demilitarized zone.
Plans for the meeting have developed as part of a dramatic warming of relations between the U.S. and North Korea, most recently marked on Wednesday by North Korea’s release of three Americans it was holding as prisoners.