Trump praises Kim as ‘courageous,’ says he wants ‘bright new future for his people’

“Today’s the beginning of an arduous process— our eyes are wide open, but peace is always worth the effort, especially in this case,” Trump added.
Trump in Singapore Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube

After signing a historic agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump held a special press conference in Singapore on Tuesday. The US leader stated that after spending “very intensive hours” with Kim, they are “ready to write a new chapter between our nations.” He thanked Kim for “taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,” emphasizing that the meeting today, which is the first between an American president and a North Korean leader, proves that “real change is possible.”

“My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive. We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time, under very strong, strong circumstance,” he added. “We’re prepared to start a new history.”

Regarding the agreement, Trump said that the two agreed to conduct intense talks to facilitate the implementation of the agreement. “This isn’t the past; this isn’t another administration that never got it started, and therefore, never got it done,” Trump added. “Chairman Kim has told me that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site…that’s a big thing.”

“Today’s the beginning of an arduous process— our eyes are wide open, but peace is always worth the effort, especially in this case. This should have been done years ago. This should have been resolved a long time ago—but we’re resolving it now,” he said. “Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people. Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

After his speech, Trump took questions from reporters in the audience. When asked about Kim’s brutal way of running his country, Trump praised the North Korean leader’s ability to rule. “He is very talented: Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough — I don't say he was nice,” Trump said.

Watch: Trump's special press conference after the summit

Responding to a different question, Trump expressed confidence that Kim will uphold the agreement. “He was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this -- I think he might want to do this as much or even more than me,” he said.

Trump also revealed that he will visit North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, “at a certain time” and that he is looking forward to the trip. He also noted that Kim has accepted an invitation to visit the White House but quickly stressed that the visit would happen “at the appropriate time, a little bit further down the road.”



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