US President Donald Trump today said the time and venue for his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong un has been decided and would be announced in three days.
He, however, ruled out the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula as a venue for his upcoming summit with Kim.
Talking to reporters, Trump said the time and place has been set for his meeting with Kim and it would be announced in three days.
"It wouldn't be at the DMZ," he said in response to a question.
His remarks came as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed home with three Americans after meeting with Kim in Pyongyang.
Trump also praised Kim for the release of the three American.
"I appreciate Kim Jong Un for doing this," he said.
The fate of the detainees has been a key factor in the build up to the Trump-Kim meeting.
Trump said he thinks the summit will be very successful. "It is going to be a very important event," he said.
He thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping saying "President Xi who was very helpful to us two days ago on something very specific".
Trump said he also spoke to the South Korean president during which he explained what was happening with the three Americans.
"President Moon was very, very happy to hear it. He has been incredibly helpful," he said.
Trump said he very much looks forward to the summit with North Korea.
Trump said he would be present at Andrews Joint Air Force Base to welcome the three American citizens. "It will be two o'clock in the morning and it will be quite a scene. To me, it is very exciting because it represents something, it represents something very important to this country," he said.
"We're having serious positive communication with North Korea," said the president.