Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Signs ‘Comprehensive Document’ With Kim as Summit Ends

Trump Signs ‘Comprehensive Document’ With Kim as Summit Ends

"We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

Sitting alongside Kim, Trump said the two leaders "have developed a special bond" and that after several hours of talks Tuesday and the signing of the agreement he thinks the US relationship with North Korea "will be very different than in the past".

US President Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House said yesterday, declaring that nuclear talks with the North have moved "more quickly than expected".

The two delegations then held a working lunch where press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Ambassador to the Pilippines Sung Kim and national security council senior director for Asia Matt Pottinger joined the U.S. team.

The meeting marks the first ever meeting between a sitting North Korean leader and a US president.

When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the global media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit".

It was a moment that few would have foreseen at the end of 2017, a year in which Washington and Pyongyang traded threats of nuclear war amid repeated North Korean weapons tests.

"This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to come to America, he wants to enjoy his life, he wants his people to enjoy this life", Rodman said, adding that Mr Kim is "not a dumb man".

While the president has more recently sought to temper expectations of what he may be able to achieve with the summit, he has also said the interaction amounts to a crucial test in determining whether Kim is genuine in committing to rid his country of its nuclear program.

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Still, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Lee.

They shook hands for several seconds, Trump reaching out to touch the North Korean leader on his right shoulder.

There was speculation throughout the day over whether Kim Jong Un had taken his private jet- an Ilyushin IL-62M - from Pyongyang, but official photos released by the Singaporean Ministry of Communications and Information showing Kim meeting Balakrishnan on the tarmac appear to reveal that he flew to Singapore aboard an Air China Boeing 747.

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

But a war would mean devastating casualties, including of American troops in South Korea, and American cities would also be at risk of suffering a nuclear strike because of the North's recent advances.

Kim has rejected calls to unilaterally give up his weapons in return for economic aid, and instead has proposed a step-by-step denuclearization process.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday drew a firm line, saying the USA plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability.

There will not be a repeat of "flimsy agreements" made between previous USA administrations and North Korea, Secretary Pompeo told reporters in Singapore on Monday.

USA president Donald Trump has signed three agreements with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore today, but what is in them remains a mystery.

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