Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un hold historic talks in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un hold historic talks in Singapore

US President Donald Trump and leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un held a historic meeting at a hotel on Singapore's Sentosa island. The two leaders shook hands before departing for a face-to-face meeting.

"We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt," Trump said in a short comment to reporters.

"Old practices and prejudices were obstacles on our common path forward but we have overcome all of them and are here today," Kim said in his turn.

The two sidea, accompanied only by interpreters, spoke for a little under 40 minutes. The face-to-face meeting was "very, very good," the US leader said after the talks.

"Working together we will get it taken care of," Trump told reporters before the extended format meeting began. The North Korean leader said he is interested in close work with the US president, the Straits Times newspaper reports. "It will be challenging but I want to do that," Kim said.

They were then joined by small delegations of advisors for a working lunch. From Washington the group included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and security adviser John Bolton, and on Pyongyang's side, Mr Kim's "right-hand man" and former spy chief Kim Yong-chol, and foreign minister Ri Yong-ho.

The extended format meeting, which lasted for about an hour and a half, was followed by a joint working lunch of two delegations.

After the summit the leaders signed a "comprehensive" document, promising a new relationship between the nations. They had been discussing defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament.
The document commits North Korea to work towards "the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" and promises "new relations" between Washington and Pyongyang.

"President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere 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. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," CNN cited the document as saying.

The US had demanded "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation". There was also a commitment to build "a stable and lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un stated the following:

1. 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.

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

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

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

"I think both sides will be very impressed with the result," Trump said at a signing ceremony with Kim. The US president said more details would be provided at a press conference due shortly.

Trump spoke of a "special bond" with the North Korean leader and said he was "absolutely" willing to invite him to the White House. "We've decided to leave the past behind," Mr Kim said. "The world will see major changes."

Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. 

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