"[Kim] said that the coming DPRK-U.S. summit would be a historic meeting for the excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula and building of a good future", KCNA said, in coverage of a Wednesday meeting between the DPRK leader and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang.
"I was treated in many different ways, but overall I had to do much labor and when I became ill I received some treatment", Kim Dong-chul said via a translator.
It will mark the first ever meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.
Singapore has emerged as the likely host of the summit, late this month or in early June, as Trump seeks to negotiate denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in his highest-stakes foreign policy effort yet.
"I think it will be a big success", Trump said as he boarded Air Force One, on his way to a political rally in Indiana.
Even though South Korea said previously it had confirmed the women's free will, Baik on Friday admitted that ministry officials have never been able to directly interview the women who were being protected by the NIS.
U.S. officials had also considered holding the summit at the Korean demilitarized zone or in Mongolia, but ultimately settled on the city-state of Singapore as the location.
But former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of North Korea's United Front Department, said in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang: "We have perfected our nuclear capability".
Trump appears to have embraced the "Great Man" theory of history, believing that individuals more than circumstances or trends alter the course of events.
U.S. service members burst into applause and cheers. "He manipulated perceptions and duped Mr. Trump".
"We're starting off on a new footing", Trump said.
The freed prisoners appeared exhausted but in excellent spirits, flashing peace signs and waving their arms as they emerged from the aircraft. "We have a chance at something very great for the world".
Pence tells ABC News that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told him that, during a refueling stop in Anchorage, "one of the detainees asked to go outside the plane because he hadn't seen daylight in a very long time".
He says he'll abandon talks if no progress on nuclear disarmament could be made.
KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, reported that Kim had "accepted an official suggestion of the USA president for the release of Americans who have been detained in the DPRK for their anti-DPRK hostilities", using an acronym for North Korea's official name.
Mr Schumer warned Mr Trump against striking a "quick" and "bad" deal with the country.
North Korea has a habit of detaining Americans for small offenses and then usually/hopefully freeing them when the USA sends an official visitor to bail them out.
Outside experts have been extremely skeptical of what Trump can achieve at the meeting given the number of times in the past that North Korea has promised to freeze its missile programs or give up its nuclear weapons only to renege on those agreements.