US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit on Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a “very dangerous problem” and Kim forecasting “major change for the world.”
They signed a document that Trump described as “pretty comprehensive,” but he declined to describe it, saying the details would be revealed later. The document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.
Here are the latest developments from the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore:
North Korea denuclearization must be verifiable, says Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump told reporters that North Korea’s denuclearization will have to be total and verifiable as he prepares to head home from his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.
The US would have to verify North Korea’s denuclearization. “We’re going to have to check it. We will check it. Total and complete,” said Trump.
The US president is heading home a day earlier than expected. He said he didn’t want to stay an extra night when everything he’d set out to do had been accomplished. “There was nothing more we could have done.” Trump will be stopping in Guam and Hawaii as he makes his way back to Washington. AP
Trump stuns Koreas by announcing war games’ end
US President Donald Trump has stunned the Korean Peninsula by announcing the stoppage of US-South Korean annual war games that have long been defended as defensive and vital by the allies.
Trump spoke to reporters after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday and essentially took the North Korean line on the military exercises, calling them “provocative.” The 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea.
A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump’s comments about the drills. Seoul’s presidential office told the Associated Press that it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trump’s comments. AP
Trump believes Kim will make good on promises
US President Donald Trump believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is going to make good on his promise to denuclearize.
Trump said Tuesday near the end of a lengthy press conference in Singapore that he may be wrong about Kim, but he’ll never admit it. He joked that he “may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong… “I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that.”
Trump appeared to be in a good spirit as he answered questions for almost an hour following a day of meetings with Kim and other North Korean officials. He ended by congratulating reporters and saying he’s eager to “take it a little bit easy” now that the highly anticipated summit is over. AP
Donald Trump wants another meeting with Kim Jong Un
“We’ll probably need another summit”—or at least a second meeting—with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said Trump, as they discuss Kim’s commitment to denuclearization.
But Trump told reporters in Singapore on Tuesday that he and Kim were able to cover far more ground than he’d expected. “We’re much further along than I would have thought.” Trump answered reporters’ questions at a free-wheeling press conference before returning to the US. He appeared to be enjoying himself as he went back and forth with the press. AP