Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump Arrives in Singapore For Historic US-North Korea Summit

Donald Trump Arrives in Singapore For Historic US-North Korea Summit

The two leaders signed copies of the document, in Korean and English, at a signing ceremony to conclude their summit in Singapore, the first ever meeting of the North Korean and USA heads of state.

However, Leong said both found it hard to hide their nervousness once they were seated, with Trump displaying a slanted smile, and fidgeting with his hands and Kim leaning and staring at the ground.

US President Donald Trump arrived at the venue just 60 seconds before the summit was to begin.

After the meetings, the two teams and other senior officials met for a working lunch, where beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and "Daegu Jormin", or Korean braised cod, were served for the main course, according to the menu.

Mr Trump said the pair had made "a lot of progress". Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mentioned that the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world".

While Donald Trump said that the denuclearisation process of North Korea is expected to start "very quickly", Kim Jong added, "world will see a major change".

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said US sanctions will remain in place until Washington verifies the North's denuclearization efforts.

The two leaders exchanged broad smiles and warm thank-yous when they met at the Istana.

The pair made brief remarks as they sat together before the world's media as the historic summit got under way, with the United States leader insisting "we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

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President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest 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.

The leaders of North Korea and the US on Tuesday in Singapore signed a joint declaration reaffirming Pyongyang's commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and committing Washington to security guarantees in return.

Trump was asked by reporters in Singapore during his final appearance with Kim on Tuesday what surprised him most during their meetings.

But the joint statement did say the two sides had agreed to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action and repatriating them.

Kim, who was sitting alongside Trump, said through a translator, "We had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document".

But without a full transcript, it could have been easy for Trump and Kim to walk away from their meeting believing they came to two different agreements.

A complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization "is the only outcome that the United States will accept", Pompeo told reporters on Monday evening in Singapore.

"If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase", he said. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

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