Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Signs ‘Comprehensive Document’ With Kim as Summit Ends


Among those joining the leaders on the US side were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

The historic first meeting between a sitting USA president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room.

The two men are expected to meet on their own for the better part of an hour, with only a pair of interpreters in the room.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula under an agreement signed with US President Donald Trump at the end of a summit aimed at easing tensions between the two long-time adversaries. And I believe North Korea and when I came home, I couldn't even go home.

In the hours before the summit began, Trump expressed optimism about prospects for the first-ever meeting of sitting USA and North Korean leaders, while Pompeo injected a note of caution whether Kim would prove to be honest about his willingness to denuclearise.

Trump also reaffirmed the tight US-Singapore relations by reassuring PM Lee that he was "his friend".

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. According to the White House's public schedule, after 45 minutes they will then participate in an expanded meeting joined by their officials before sitting down for a "working lunch".

Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.


Kim smiled as he heard the translator interpret the president's remarks, before weighing in with a brief statement of his own.

Mr Trump was optimistic that the talks would prove productive, saying: "We're going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success".

"This is going to lead to more and more and more", Trump said.

In an emotional with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump's historic meeting with Kim - the first between a sitting president and North Korean leader.

"We will be tremendously successful", Trump said before their private session. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, he told reporters, "is the only outcome that the United States will accept".

Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, he added.

"I'm asking every Democrat who wrote that letter and all my Republican colleagues to tell North Korea and China that if diplomacy fails, we will have the president's back, we'll authorize the use of military force as a last resort to stop the nuclear threat in North Korea to the American homeland and the world at-large".

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