North Korea to Denuclearize ‘Very, Very Quickly,’ Trump Says After Historic Summit with Kim in Singapore
A historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aimed at the signing of a “comprehensive” document for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, while Washington committed to providing security guarantees for its old enemy.
The summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former US President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China.
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. When they first arrived for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore’s resort island, Sentosa, they appeared cautious and serious.
The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, IAEA welcomed today the statement issued by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of their summit in Singapore. In return for a commitment to denuclearization from Kim Jong Un, Trump has agreed to suspend military exercises with ally South Korea and called the exercises “very provocative” and “inappropriate”.
Trump said he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different. “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.“
Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: “Absolutely, I will.” He called Kim “very smart” and a “very worthy, very hard negotiator.”
“I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.”
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 fantasy…science fiction movie.”
Trump sounded triumphant following his meeting with Kim, expressing confidence the North Korean leader was serious about abandoning his nuclear program and transforming his country from an isolated rogue regime to a respected member of the world community.
Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both key allies of Washington in the region, to discuss developments ahead of the summit.