Trump Signs Historic Agreement with Kim Jong Un

Trump-Kim summit: Donald Trump vows to ‘end war games’ in ‘new history’ with North Korea

Donald Trump has unexpectedly vowed that the US will end “war games” on the Korean peninsula, as he said America is “prepared to start a new history” with North Korea after holding a landmark summit with Kim Jong-un.

Mr Kim reaffirmed his commitment to “complete denuclearisation” as he and Mr Trump met for the first time for “tremendous” talks after a year of exchanging warmongering threats and personal insults.

In a joint agreement, the North Korean leader and US President vowed to establish “new” relations between Washington and Pyongyang in a document signed by the pair in Singapore on Tuesday.

Mr Trump hailed the agreement as “historic”, but the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” – jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspections.

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In an extraordinary and sprawling hour-long Press conference later, Mr Trump said: “We’re prepared to start a new history, and we’re ready to write a new chapter between our two nations.”

He also announced details not in the signed document, revealing he would end US military exercises in South Korea – a move that is widely seen by analysts as a concession.

Mr Trump said the joint military exercises were “very provocative” and “tremendously expensive”, despite his administration strongly supporting them over the last 18 months. However, South Korea said it was trying to “discern the exact meaning and intent” of Trump’s comments – suggesting Seoul was unaware of the move before the US president’s announcement.

Mr Trump revealed the decision, which North Korea has been demanding for years, as he outlined the security assurances he had offered Mr Kim in their talks.

The US president also said he wanted to remove US troops from South Korea one day, but added that such a decision was not currently being considered.

As he took questions from journalists following his historic summit, Mr Trump was asked if he trusted Kim after their talks. He responded: “I do.”

The US president later elaborated: “I know when someone wants to deal and I know when they don’t. I just feel very strongly – my instinct, ability or talent – that they want to make a deal.”

Asked about denuclearisation – the crux of the summit – Trump said “we’re starting that process”, adding that it would begin “very, very quickly.”

He said there would be a process of verification involving “a lot of people”, but gave no concrete details. He also insisted that US sanctions would remain in place until Washington had seen progress.

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In the blockbuster address to the world’s media, Mr Trump also:

* revealed that Mr Kim had offered to destroy a missile engine testing site after the pair had signed the summit’s joint text
* warned that denuclearisation would take “a long time scientifically” to complete, but said he believed Kim would start the process * when he returned to North Korea. He repeatedly refused to spell out a timetable
* floated the possibility of further talks either at the White House or in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
* He revealed that Mr Kim has accepted his invitation to visit Washington “sometime in the future”
*disclosed that he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of the summit
*said he believes any conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea
Mr Trump said of the summit: “It is a very great day, it is a very great moment, in the history of the world.”

He also said: “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

Asked about denuclearisation – the crux of the summit – Trump said “we’re starting that process”, adding that it would begin “very, very quickly.”

He said there would be a process of verification involving “a lot of people”, but gave no concrete details. He also insisted that US sanctions would remain in place until Washington had seen progress.

In the blockbuster address to the world’s media, Mr Trump also:

revealed that Mr Kim had offered to destroy a missile engine testing site after the pair had signed the summit’s joint text
warned that denuclearisation would take “a long time scientifically” to complete, but said he believed Kim would start the process when he returned to North Korea. He repeatedly refused to spell out a timetable
floated the possibility of further talks either at the White House or in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. He revealed that Mr Kim has accepted his invitation to visit Washington “sometime in the future”
disclosed that he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of the summit
said he believes any conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea
Mr Trump said of the summit: “It is a very great day, it is a very great moment, in the history of the world.”

 “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.” Trump

Mr Trump reiterated that economic sanctions would remain on North Korea until they begin to denuclearise but said he “looked forward” to lifting them one day. Mr Trump also did not rule out re-establishing an embassy in North Korea.

The US president appeared in good spirits as he answered question for more than an hour. He has rarely held press conferences since entering the Oval Office.

Mr Trump frequently joked with reporters, once saying he would never admit if his drive to denuclearise the Korean penninsula failed and another time saying he had not slept in 25 hours.

Prime Minister Theresa May later hailed the summit as an “important step for the region”, with her official spokesman saying that Mr Kim’s commitment to denuclearistation is a “signal they have finally heeded the message”. Earlier, after a working lunch concluded a morning of negotiations, the two leaders held a signing ceremony, with Mr Trump calling it a “comprehensive” agreement.

Mr Kim said “we are leaving the past behind us” as he pledged “the world will see a major change”.

Saying he had formed a “special bond” with Mr Kim, the US president said he would be inviting his North Korean counterpart to the White House.

Asked earlier about the discussions, Mr Trump said: “A really fantastic meeting – a lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line.”

Before lunch, he hailed his “excellent” relationship with Mr Kim and predicted the pair will “solve” the Korean Peninsula stand-off.

The US president said his one-on-one meeting with the North Korean leader, which lasted around 40 minutes, was “very good” and predicted “tremendous success”.

The comments came after the two leaders shared a 12-second handshake as they met for the first time in front of a dozen American and North Korean flags. Mr Trump patted Kim on the arm and shared some words before the pair turned and posed for the cameras in Singapore.

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The body language was surprisingly warm, with the pair at times smiling and laughing as they walked along a collonade towards their meeting. Mr Kim greeted his American counterpart with the words: “Nice to meet you Mr President.”

Never before have a sitting North Korean and American leader met. The summit took place at the luxury Capella resort on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast.

Before their talks – which they held alone except for interpreters – both men expressed optimism about the summit.

“I feel really great,” said Mr Trump. “We are gonna have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful. It’s my honour. We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Mr Kim said: “The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”

The sight of the two men sitting side-by-side encapsulated a remarkable turnaround in the pair’s relationship, given they were trading insults and threats last year.

Mr Trump had said he would known within a minute if Mr Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear arsenal and, when the pair emerged, Mr Trump was pleased.

Asked how the talks went, Mr Trump said from a balcony: “Very good. Very, very good. Excellent relationship.” Mr Kim stood next to him, but did not respond when repeatedly asked questions by reporters.

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