Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Trump, Kim sign "comprehensive" document (with joint statement)

Trump, Kim sign

Mr Trump said: "We are going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting United States and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be honest about his willingness to denuclearise. In a video footage, Trump was seen leaving the Paya Lebar Air Base tarmac in the Presidential Beast, a vehicle that is flown around the globe for a US President's visits.

"Many people in the world will think of this as a. form of fantasy. from a science-fiction movie", Kim said, according to a translator.

Asked if he would meet Kim in Singapore, he said he thought the North Korean leader had "bigger things to worry about", but added that every time he'd met with Kim, it had been a surprise.

Before signing what Mr Trump described as a "comprehensive" document, Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting "and chose to leave the past behind". Trump then directed Kim to walk down a hallway, where they briefly spoke.

We wonder whether they were comparing portable toilets because we know Kim Jong-un takes one everywhere.

He was spotted by Reuters on Tuesday sitting by the pool and smoking a cigar at a hotel just over 200 metres from another hotel where Kim and the North Korean delegation are staying.


US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a "comprehensive" document following a historic summit aimed at the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Earlier, before a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, the leaders shared a warm 13-second handshake at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of two unorthodox leaders as they opened a conversation that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat.

"The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S. -DPRK summit". American diplomats also work closely with Singapore on many strategic issues, and it has been a longtime USA trading partner and ally.

United States and North Korea commit to recovering remains of prisoners of war, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

But he said sanctions would remain in place for now, and argued "we haven't given up anything".

The U.S. will move to tighten the punishing measures if diplomacy fails, he added.

North Korea has long objected to the annual exercises, viewing them as practice for future military action against the North by the United States. "That's necessary and appropriate". That is, experts suggest Pyongyang may only agree to give up its nukes in exchange for the USA terminating its military presence in South Korea and ending its regional nuclear umbrella, a security arrangement in which Washington promises in-kind retaliation on behalf of close allies if they are attacked with nuclear weapons.

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