Singapore: U.S. President Donald Trump said one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went “better than anybody could have expected”and “very, very good” before they moved to expanded bilateral talks and working lunch that includes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, as well as national security adviser John Bolton.
For the working lunch, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and national security council senior director for Asia Matt Pottinger were set to join the U.S. team.
The 45-minute talk between Trump and Kim was held privately with only translators present. The topics discussed were not immediately disclosed, but Trump said he approved of the progress made.
The #TrumpKimSummit is “going great. A really fantastic meeting. A lot of progress. Really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line. Really good.” Trump added.
While Trump said things were going excellently, Kim did not answer questions from the press pool regarding denuclearization and giving up nuclear weapons.
It was a surreal sight when American President Donald Trump finally met face to face, and shook hands with, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Monday, but it was the start of a remarkable night.
Kim, believed to be 34 or 35, and Trump, 71, met for the first time at the Capella Hotel around 9 a.m., exchanging a firm and long handshake on the red carpet before a row of U.S. and North Korean flags lined side by side.
“I feel really great. I feel really great,” President Donald Trump said as the two men sat in front of the press before they went into a private meeting with only their translators. “We’re going to have a great discussion, and I think a tremendous success. It’s gonna be be tremendously successful, and it’s an honor, and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
“It was not easy to get here…old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of them,” Kim said to the president.
“I think that’s true,” President Trump said as he, again, shook Kim’s hand.
The two men then retreated to their meeting and emerged just over a half hour later, both smiling and appearing to have had a good talk.
As they sat together for a working lunch President Trump spoke about the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and said, “We’ll solve the big problem, the big dilemma that until this point has been unable to be solved, and I know that working together we will get it taken care of, as he shook Kim’s hand for a third time.
The team of White House aides and Trump administration officials had not mentioned whether the issue of North Korean human rights will be addressed during the summit between the two leaders, a sign the United States’ priorities lie in mitigating weapons threats.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the only acceptable outcome of the summit is “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” or dismantlement.
President Trump reportedly moved up his departure time from Singapore after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set the deadline for their historic summit.
Bloomberg News reported Monday that Kim will leave Singapore at 4 p.m. Tuesday local time after his meeting with Trump, and that Trump moved up his own departure time in response.
Trump is set to leave Singapore at 7 p.m. local time, which is 7 a.m. in Washington, D.C.
A US official has reportedly said that Trump and Kim will sign an agreement to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going.
President Donald Trump showed North Korea’s Kim Jong Un interior of presidential limousine as they strolled during the summit.
Trump and Kim have announced they are to sign ‘historic’ documents.
“Today, we had a historic meeting, and we decided to leave the past behind, and we are about to sign a historic document. The world will see a major change.” Kim Jong Un said.
Trump says North Korea denuclearization process will be starting ‘very quickly.’
Trump says after summit with Kim Jong Un: ‘We have developed a very special bond.’
Trump and Kim Jong Un have signed what Trump called a “very comprehensive” agreement” without disclosing what it is th signed. President Trump called it “a pretty comprehensive document,” and later called it a letter. “We’re both very honored to sign the document,” Trump said of he and Kim Jong Un.
Photographs of the document signed by Trump and Kim indicate the leaders agreed to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”. The text does not mention “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,” however, it reaffirms the Panmunjom Declaration, signed by Kim on April 27, 2018. The U.S. also agreed to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea.
President Trump says denuclearization in North Korea will begin soon: “We’re starting that process very quickly, very very quickly, absolutely”
Trump says he ‘absolutely’ would invite North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the White House.
“I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past. We both want to do something, we both are going to do something, and we have developed a very special bond,” Trump said. “This is going to lead to more and more and more.”
After the signing of the document, Trump declared to the assembled media at the summit that Kim was a “very worthy, very smart negotiator.”
“We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and about our countries,” Trump said, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the North Korean dictator. “I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned he loves his country very much.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed hope on Tuesday that the ongoing US-North Korean high-level summit will pave the wave to the “era of complete denuclearization” and peace in the region.
“I guess the attention of all our people must currently be directed toward Singapore… I too spent a sleepless night. I, along with all our people, sincerely hope that it will be a successful summit that will open a new era of complete denuclearization, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States,” Moon said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left the small Singapore island that was the site of his meeting with President Donald Trump.
Kim’s convoy was left Sentosa Island on Tuesday afternoon after he signed a document with the American president, who stayed behind at the hotel where the two leaders met.
Both leaders characterized the document they signed as historic though neither provided details. Trump says the details would come later.
The summit was the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, the US president said while the American military presence in South Korea would not be reduced, his country would “be stopping the war games” – a move he said would “save us a tremendous amount of money ”.
Trump explained how US bombers fly more than six hours from Guam to participate in the annual war games with South Korea.
“That’s a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and then go back to Guam. I know a lot about airplanes, it’s very expensive,” he said. “Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war.”
In return, the US president said, Kim had promised that a “major missile engine test site” would be dismantled.
A spokeswoman for US military forces in Korea said they had not received any direction to cease joint military drills, and that the war games would continue “until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defence”.
Here is the Trump-Kim agreement:
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognising that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un state the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit – the first in history – was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-up negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
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