Trump is expected to reveal details when he addresses reporters in about two hours.
Trump and Kim, today Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube
US President Donald Trump has described the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a “really fantastic” meeting in which “a lot of progress” was made. Trump and Kim met privately for about 40 minutes on Tuesday morning (local time), only accompanied by their translators, before being joined by their advisers.
For the expanded bilateral talks, each leader sat with three of his top advisers and a translator on his side of the table. Trump’s delegation included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton. Kim was joined by Vice-Chair of the Workers’ Party of Korea and former military intelligence head Kim Yong-chol, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice-Chair of the Workers’ Party of Korea Ri Su-yong.
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Before the meeting, Trump and Kim delivered short remarks in front of the thousands of reporters from all over the world who flocked to Singapore to cover the historic event. “I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success,” Trump said. “It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honor. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
When he addressed the reporters, Kim stressed that the meeting is a step forward and hinted that the US-North Korean animosity that the world has witnessed over the past year will not return. “Well, it was not easy to get here,” he said through an interpreter, according to the White House press release. “The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today.”
Trump and Kim walk and talk after lunch. Trump says they’re signing something. pic.twitter.com/TVOlMCxjDf
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2018
The summit lasted for almost five hours, ending with the two leaders, who have in the past threatened to use nuclear weapons against each other’s country, signing a document. According to reports, the document states that progress was achieved during the summit but more exact details are still unknown. Trump hailed the document as “very important” and “pretty comprehensive” and said that he will reveal the details when he addresses the media later today.
President Trump emerges from meeting with Kim Jong Un. He says the meeting was “really very positive” and announces that they will be signing something. pic.twitter.com/fm37DLBysr
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Moments after he signed the document, Trump said that he has developed a “very special bond” with Kim. When a reporter asked whether he would be prepared to invite Kim to Washington, Trump said: “Absolutely. I will.”
Shortly after the summit ended, China’s foreign minister praised the meeting, saying that it will hopefully “clear interferences, establish mutual trust and overcome difficulties so that they will reach a basic consensus on, and take concrete steps toward, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” according to CNN.
China welcomes and supports the history-making talks between DPRK and US leaders, will continue to play a unique and important role to resolve the peninsula issue: Chinese FM Wang Yi pic.twitter.com/NYpZPwdDQ5
— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) June 12, 2018