Trump-Kim meeting highlights: Kim commits to ‘denuclearisation’ of N Korea, Trump guarantees security

Trump-Kim meeting highlights: Kim commits to ‘denuclearisation’ of N Korea, Trump guarantees security

Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit highlights: In a historic summit, US President Donald and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on Tuesday. This is the first-ever meeting between leaders of the two countries. Get the latest news here.

U.S. President Donald Trump shows the document, that he and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un signed acknowledging the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. (Reuters)

TRUMP-KIM MEETING: Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, in a historic meeting with the US President Donald Trump in Singapore, committed to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Donald Trump also agreed to provide security guarantees to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Both the leaders pledged to joint efforts to build a peaceful and stable regime.

The first-ever meeting between the leaders of the two countries was today held in Singapore’s Sentosa Island. After the bilateral talks, Trump said that the meeting with Kim Jong went “better than anyone could have expected” and that he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim. “People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world,” Trump said. Kim, meanwhile, added, “The world will see a major change.”

Read | Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un sign ‘comprehensive document’ at historic Singapore summit

READ | 10 things to know about the Singapore summit


The two leaders, who in the morning shared the historic handshake, also went out on a small stroll post lunch. Both men walked to Trump’s bullet-proof limousine, nicknamed “The Beast”, and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk. The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between Trump and Kim Jong, who traded insults and threats of nuclear war till early this year.

In Pictures | Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un’s historic Singapore handshake

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Israeli official says summit a signal to Iran

An Israeli Cabinet minister says the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was important for the Middle East. Yuval Steinitz tells The Associated Press that North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons would send a ``strong'' signal to Iran. He says it would ``increase the pressure on Iran'' to give up its nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.

UN chief says Trump-Kim summit 'important milestone'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today welcomed the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "an important milestone" toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Guterres urged all those concerned to "seize this momentous opportunity" and again offered UN help to achieve the goal of dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

South Korea says it could help N Korean and U.S. efforts to find remains of U.S. military personnel missing in action from 1950-53 Korean War

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-YIHN') says his country could help North Korean and U.S. efforts to find the remains of U.S. military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the 1950-53 Korean War. Moon's office says he made the proposal to President Donald Trump as they spoke over the phone after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Senate Republican McConnell says summit a major step toward peace

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un produced ``a major step'' toward peace.  But the Kentucky Republican said that if the North does not follow through with complete denuclearization, ``We and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure.''

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Over the years neither has India offered its fullest support to the country on account of the relations necessitated with South Korea and America, nor has it completely alienated itself from the region as a consequence of the troubled relations it shares with Pakistan and China.


Trump says that his agreement with North Korea will be good for China

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised China's President Xi Jinping for helping secure an agreement towards North Korea's denuclearisation, and said the deal would be good for Beijing. "Making a deal is a great thing for the world, it's also a great thing for China, I can't imagine that China is happy with someone having nuclear weapons so close, so China is very happy," Trump said. 

For world, Trump-Kim summit raises cautious hope for peace

South Koreans cheered, Iran warned that President Donald Trump should not be trusted and China said it may be time to discuss lifting sanctions on North Korea as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held an unprecedented summit Tuesday in Singapore.

Britain welcomes North Korea commitment to denuclearisation

North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation is a signal that its leader, Kim Jong Un, has finally heeded the message after a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, a statement from foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

China suggests sanctions relief for N. Korea after US summit

China suggested Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council consider suspending or lifting sanctions against North Korea if the country is in compliance with U.N. resolutions and making progress in diplomatic negotiations.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in today hailed the outcome of the summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in today hailed the outcome of the summit between President Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un as a "historic event" that ended the last Cold War conflict. "I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit", Moon said in a statement

Fox News quoted Trump as saying: "I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea"

"I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately," Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore.

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What the ‘comprehensive’ document did not cover

The joint agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is light on specifics and does not detail how the goals would be achieved, analysts say. There is no clarity as to how the negotiation will lead to deunclearisation. The document also made no mention of the international sanctions that have crippled North Korea’s economy for pursuing its nuclear weapons programme. 

Read | Full text of historic joint statement signed at Singapore summit

Trump tweets on his 'historic' meet with Kim Jong

Will continue the conversation in future: Trump

After the historic meet with Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump in an address to the media said that the North Korean leader has accepted his invitation to visit the White House sometime in the future. Talking about the interaction he said that he discussed human rights with Kim Jong Un and will also hold more conversations in the future. "The United States will stop holding military exercises on the Korean peninsula, after today's meeting," he added

Key points of the 'comrehensive' document signed between US and N. Korea

* The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

* The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

* Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

* The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.


Kim commits to 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula' in the joint text

In the "comprehensive" document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader has committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Both the countries have also committed to establish new US-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) relations and build a lasting and stable peace regime. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK. Follow-up negotiations to be held by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a North Korean official.

Trump, Kim depart after signing the historic document

Complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula in joint text: Reports

In the comprehensive document signed between Kim and Trump, the North Korean leader has committed to 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula,' reports AFP. The news agency also adds that the US has committed to "security guantees" and establishment of "new US-DPRK relation."

New friendship on the horizon?

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shook hands and exchanged farewells after signing the document. Both the leaders are likely to leave Singapore today.

World will see a change: Kim Jong-un

"We have decided to let go the past & now the world will see a major change," Kim Jong was quoted after signing the "comprehensive" document

N. Korea's denuclearisation process to start 'very quickly' : Donald Trump

Addressing the media, Donald Trump said North Korea's denuclearisation process will be starting "very quickly." "We're very proud of what happened today. Our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula will be a much different situation than it has in the past," he said, reported BBC. He has also invited Kim Jong Un to the White House.

'Historic' document signed between US and North Korea

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un a "historic" and "pretty comprehensive" document. Details of the document are not yet know

Quick recap

In case you are just joining us, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday met in Singapore. Both the leaders shook hands and engaged in a closed-door one-on-one interaction. Both remained hopeful of a fruitful summit. While Trump suggested a "terrific" relationship with North Korea, Kim Jong said that the road to the summit was not an easy one. 

Both the leaders then engaged in a bilateral talk along with the senior officials of the US and North Korea. After the talks, Kim and Trump went on a small walk where Trump added that the meeting was 'better than anybody could have expected,' and that there is some kind of 'signing' that will now take place between both the countries. They are shortly expected to address the media.

This is the first-ever meeting between leaders of the two countries. The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between Trump and Kim Jong, who traded insults and threats of war till last year.

(Source: Reuters)

Positive progress: Donald Trump after bilateral talks with Kim Jong

"A lot of progress - really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line, very good. We’re going now for a signing," Trump told journalists, without giving details on what would be signed. Both men walked to Trump's limousine and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk.

Roads near Sentosa island closed: Singapore police

Trump satsified with the meeting, hints at 'signing' : Reports

Appearing in front of the media after the bilateral talks with North Korean leader, Donald Trump said that the meeting with Kim Jong-un was 'better than anybody could have expected.' He also hinted at a 'signing' during his walk with Kim, Reuters reported

(Source: Reuters)

What's for lunch on Trump and Kim's plate?

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un chatted over a lunch of beef short ribs, sweet and sour crispy pork, and braised codfish.

Details released by the White House show that lunch began Tuesday with a prawn cocktail and avocado salad, and green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and octopus. Side dishes included potato dauphinois, steamed broccolini, fried rice and Asian vegetables. Dessert included dark chocolate tartlet and Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.

Among those joining the leaders on the U.S. side were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. The North Korean delegation included Kim Yong Chol, a top aide to Kim Jong Un who recently met Trump at the White House. -Reuters

Indian pulao and chicken curry on the menu for media covering the summit in Singapore

Popular Indian dishes like Pulao and Chicken Curry, are among the 45 other varieties that are being served to the global media who are in Singapore to cover the unprecedented meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, PTI reported. The report further states that 45 dishes across 15 cuisines will be served to the reporters to suit all palates. On offer is also Indian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French, American, Italian, English, Australian, Brazilian and Middle Eastern food, Sats, Airport ground handler and food firm, which will be providing the lunches and dinners, the Strait Times reported.

Indian dishes like Pulao, Fish Curry, Chicken Curry and Papad will be served at the F1 Pit Building - the official media centre for the summit - in downtown Singapore. Apart from this, quintessential Singaporean dishes like laksa and chicken rice will also be served. Over 23 different products made with kimchi, a Korean staple of spicy and pickled cabbage, including specially customised products such as Kimchi Jiggae Soup and Kimchi Ice Cream will also be available. 


How did the historic summit unfold sice this morning?

With the eyes of the world set on them, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un displayed an initial atmosphere of bonhomie. Both men had looked serious as they got out of their limousines for the summit. But they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters.

After some initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged in the balcony and Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fiction movie." "We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace," he said. Donald Trump also said that the meeting was "very, very good" and that both the leaders “will solve a big problem, a big dilemma”. Both the leaders are now headed for bilateral talks

Stocks choppy, dollar rises as historic Trump-Kim summit starts

In the wake of the Trump-Kim meet, the dollar jumped to a 3-week top on Tuesday. South Korean shares slipped 0.1 per cent while Chinese shares were in the red too with the blue-chip off 0.4 per cent. Australian shares were a tad firmer. The lead from Wall Street was mixed overnight, with the Dow barely changed, the S&P 500 up 0.1 per cent and the Nasdaq adding 0.2 per cent. Many analysts said the bar was pretty low for what will be deemed a successful summit, given the past failures in talks with North Korea.


Symbolism in the meeting?

According to North Korean media, Kim Jong-un arrived at the Sentosa Island seven minutes earlier than Donald Trump to show respect to the US President. The North Korean culture suggests the younger ones should arrive earlier to mark respect. The red tie that Donald Trump wore is a colour that North Koreans like.

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Possible outcomes of the summit

While talks on denuclearisation are expected to be on cards, given the complexity of issues at hand there is much that could go wrong. Donald Trump is no longer seeing the negotiation with Kim as a one-night stand at which all issues can be sorted out. He now sees it as an extended process. That has increased the prospects for a successful summit in Singapore, where success could be defined as the building of some mutual trust between the two leaders, identifying an agreed destination, and preparing a broad roadmap to get there.

The goals are quite clear. Trump needs a commitment from Kim on denuclearisation, and a common understanding on what it means. Kim wants Trump to promise an end to hostile policy, agree to establish normal relations, and lift international sanctions. Read more

What’s in it for Singapore?

Although Singapore had not asked for the summit to be held at its shores, the city-nation’s PM said that Singapore was asked and it agreed. Singapore is one of the few countries which shares cordial relations with both United States and North Korea. 

This summit, which will cost the island nation 20 million Singaporean dollars, with security costs taking up half of that estimate, is likely to be a boost to local tourism industry what with the extensive coverage local places are currently receiving. As the world turns its eyes towards Sentosa Island’s Capella Hotel, the resort, with a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches, has already been immortalised for hosting the historic summit.

What are we expecting from the Trump-Kim summit

Best outcome: Joint declaration signed by both

Second best: Joint communique

Worst outcome: Joint press statement

Even worse: Separate press statements

Trump-Kim's one-on-one meet lasted over 40 minutes

Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were engaged in a one-on-one interaction that lasted over 40 minutes. They are now headed to a larger meeting with aides. During the interaction, Trump was flanked by chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. They sat across the table from Kim and his team. As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and a Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft circled.

Trump, Kim are all smiles after the one-on-one meet

“We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace" Kim Jong-un said after the meet

(Source: Reuters)

'Very, very good meeting,' says Donald Trump after one-on-one interaction with Kim Jong

Donald Trump, after the 41-minutes long one-on-one meeting with Kim Jong-Un, said that the meeting with the North Korean leader was 'very, very good,' and that both the countries have an 'excellent relationship.' He also predicted that the Kim Jong and he 'will solve a big problem, a big dilemma.' Both the leaders walked together along the balcony after the meeting. "Working together, we will get it taken care of," Trump said after the meet, report AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore on June 10. (File)

The Singapore summit with Donald Trump comes after Kim Jong-un crossed over to the southern side of the Demilitarised Zone for historic talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April. In the summit in April, the first time one of the ruling North Korean leaders crossed over to South since fighting in the Korean War stopped in 1953, saw both the leaders lay the roadmap for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace.

The summit with Trump is the culmination of months of posturing and negotiating between top US and North Korean officials and comes less than two weeks after Trump reversed his decision to scrap plans for the meeting, which is set to take place in Singapore. Analysts say Kim’s diplomatic outreach in recent months after a flurry of nuclear and missile tests in 2017 indicates he is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the international legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.