Donald Trump offers Kim Jong-un security guarantees in document signed by the two leaders
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Downing Street has joined the chorus of cautious welcome to the summit from the international community.
Theresa May’s spokesman said North Korea’s commitment to denuclearisation is a signal that Pyongyang has finally heeded the message, according to Reuters.
Both the South Korean government and US forces in the region appear to have been taken by surprise by Trump’s declared suspension of joint military exercises.
US forces in Korea said they had not received updated guidance on military exercises.
Donald Trump has agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from Kim Jong-un, the US president announced after his summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore.
Trump said the war games were expensive and “very provocative”. Stopping them represents a major concession, something the US has previously rejected as non-negotiable on the grounds that the exercises are a key element of its military alliance with Seoul, and of maintaining a deterrent against North Korea.
John Everard, the UK’s former ambassador to North Korea, says Kim Jong-un has emerged as the big winner from the summit, citing Trump’s commitment to end war games.
Kim will hail the summit as a “great triumph”, Everard told Sky News. He said:
He will claim that he, his genius, his diplomatic nous have brought the president of the United States to the negotiating table. He will say, rightly enough, that he has been the first member of the dynasty to actually sit with a US president and be treated as an equal. This guy is on a roll.
Kim Jong-un has scored a major major coup in this summit. All that he needed from it was the photo images, to be seen to be treated as an equal by the President of the United States. The rest was secondary.
“Not only was it announced at the inter-Korean summit. It has been standard North Korean doctrine for many years. But notice the phrasing, it talks about ‘denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula’ not just of denuclearisation just of North Korea. In the North Korean mind that means that not just North Korea surrenders its nuclear weapons, but also that the possibility of a nuclear strike against North Korea by other countries, notably the United States, is also removed. So the United States will have to take some fairly stringent measures to limit its ability to hit North Korea. I’m not sure just how far Donald Trump has realised what he has signed.”
Trump is reported to have left Singapore earlier than scheduled.
Trump has left Singapore
White House announces Trump and Kim will have a bilateral meeting and working lunch tomorrow after their one-on-one tomorrow. Then Trump will have a press conference and depart Singapore at 8 p.m. No second day of meetings. pic.twitter.com/CwkJO30x86
Here’s a clip of Kim comparing the summit to a science fiction movie.
Here’s video of that press conference starting with that extraordinary video that Trump insists won’t be used for propaganda purposes by Kim. “Out of the darkness can come the light,” the breathy voiceover says. “Two men, two leaders, one destiny” it goes on.
The London Evening Standard, edited by the UK’s former chancellor George Osborne, has a sarcastic front page take on the summit.
“At last … a leader I can do business with,” reads the headline in a reference to Trump’s apparent success in Singapore compared with the acrimony at the G7 summit in Quebec.
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, praised the agreement’s references to denuclearisation and said he was willing to engage with North Korea to resolve the cold war abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has now issued a more positive assessment of the summit as “historic”.
In a statement he warns there may be “many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again”.
I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit. This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey. pic.twitter.com/6VhFO19JJ3
For all Trump’s rhetoric the international reaction to the summit so far has been cautious.
South Korea’s presidential office is assessing the meaning of Trump’s remarks.
South Korean Blue House spox: “At this moment, the meaning and intention of President Trump’s remarks requires more clear understanding.”
STM om mødet mellem USA og Nordkorea: “Mødet mellem den amerikanske præsident og Nordkoreas leder er et diplomatisk gennembrud. Men samtidig viser historien, at vi må være påpasselige. Nordkorea har tidligere indvilget i afrustning og ikke holdt ord.” #dkpol #SingaporeSummit pic.twitter.com/Vwf0xSOkFr
Trump’s press conference lasted well over an hour. Here’s a summary of the key points:
Trump ends the press conference by saying the summit has been a very important event in world history. “But I want to get it completed, because if we don’t get the ball over the goal line, it doesn’t mean enough,” he says.
Trump says he now needs a rest but will get back to work soon.
China is a great country, with a great leader, Trump says. He may be calling President Xi before he lands back in the US, Trump says.
Asked about South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, Trump says: “He’s a very, very fine gentleman, also a friend of mine. He’ll be very happy. I’ve already sent word to him about what happened.”
Do you see Kim as an equal? Trump is asked. “I don’t view it that way. I will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place,” he says.
He adds: “If I have to say I’m sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that’s going to get us to save 30 million lives, maybe more than that, I’m willing to sit on the stage, I’m willing to travel to Singapore very gladly.”
Asked about the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, Trump says it is “very substantial”.
“We have pretty good intelligence … to know it is pretty substantial,” he says. But he insists North Korea could denuclearise very quickly.
On China’s role in the denuclearisation process, Trump downplays Beijing’s role. “We’re working with South Korea, Japan. We’re working with China … to a lesser extent, but we’re working with China,” he said.
“From the beginning we got along,” Trump says of his meeting with Kim.
Trump had previously boasted that he would know whether he could make a deal with Kim in the first seconds. Asked about the comment, Trump said: “You know in the first second. OK sometimes that doesn’t work out, but sometimes it does.”
Trump insists that he had very good meeting at the G7 over the weekend. But he adds: “I’ll be honest we are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries.”
He claims the US has a trade deficit close to $100bn with Canada.
Trump says more details will be provided about the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine test sites.
He says he had 300 “very big and powerful” sanctions ready last week but held off ahead of the summit because imposing them would have been “disrespectful”.
Asked more about war games, Trump says they are very expensive, and the US pays for the majority of them. He points out that planes have to fly six and half hours from Guam to take part. “I know a lot about airplanes, and it’s very expensive,” he says.
The war games are very provocative. It is inappropriate to be having war games, Trump says.
Asked about sanctions, Trump said he looked forward to lifting them.
“The sanctions will come off when we are sure the nukes are no longer a factor,” he said.
Trump insists that he and Kim discussed human rights at length. “We did discuss it today, pretty strongly … We’ll be doing something on it. It’s rough in a lot of places,” he said.
Trump says he would like to travel to Pyongyang at the appropriate time and will invite Kim to the White House “at the appropriate time”.
Asked about prisoners of war and human rights, Trump says human rights was discussed. “They will be doing things. He wants to do the right thing,” Trump says.
He adds that Kim is a smart negotiator. Kim is “much different” leader.
Asked about the lack of a commitment to verifying denuclearisation, Trump says it will be achieved by “having a lot of people there”. He adds “it will be verified”, claiming that this will be done by both Koreans and international observers.
Trump also appears to commit to stopping US-Korea military exercises. “I’d like to bring them home, but that’s not part of the equation right now. But we will be stopping the war games.”
Trump insists that Kim is “very talented” despite North Korea’s human rights record.
Otto Warmbier did not die in vain, Trump says. “Without Otto, this wouldn’t happen. Something happened that day,” he says.
Trump embellishes the agreement by claiming Kim has given his “unwavering commitment” to denuclearisation.
He says after the the document was signed Kim agreed verbally to destroying North Korea’s “major missile engine testing site”.
Trump begins his press conference by saying that North Korea has the potential to be a great place. He says he and Kim have spent “intensive hours together”.
He thanks Singapore for hosting the summit and pays tribute to the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan.
Trump has told ABC that he trusts Kim and Kim trusts him. He also confirmed he had spoken on the phone to Kim before the summit.
President Trump just told me that he trusts NK leader Kim Jong Un: “he trusts me and I trust him.” https://t.co/9qUreOKv8J
NEW: @GStephanopoulos has just wrapped an interview with President Trump, who confirmed this summit was not the first time he’s spoken with Kim Jong Un. They’ve spoken on the phone.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, claims officials are already working on the all-important detail of the commitments.
Trump seems keen on the optics of the summit. He’s just tweeted this video.
A couple more thoughts on the agreement …
Bullet point 3 is clearly the crucial part of this statement, about the question of nuclear disarmament, and it is fairly weak, certainly a long way away from the brisk disarmament of North Korea Trump officials were promising in advance of this summit.
China’s foreign ministry has said the international community could consider lifting economic sanctions on North Korea after the agreement signed today, according to Reuters.
This suggestion by Chinese officials signals the US policy of “maximum pressure” is already showing signs of cracking. China represents more than 90% of Pyongyang’s trade and is in a position to provide much needed relief for the isolated regime.
Trump has been giving upbeat interviews with US broadcasters ahead of his press conference.
Trump is doing an interview with Voice of America right now: https://t.co/vvlVjA9uPU
Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with North Korea, has admitted “there is a lot of work left” as he waited to listen to Trump’s press conference in Singapore.
Sung Kim: there’s a lot of work left, the two sides are committed to working intensively https://t.co/8hAFOytWzQ
The pledges were vaguely-worded and did not represent an advance on similar agreements between their two countries over past decades.
But the statement said there would be further meetings between senior officials to continue the momentum of the summit.
To be clear, this is better than nuclear war. But we cannot keep nuclear weapons forever (and add new nuclear armed states), because they will eventually be used one day. So, we need actual nuclear disarmament before a bomb goes off. https://t.co/J1ih0Z0Ngw
Kim didn’t look too pleased when Trump joked about photographers making the two leaders look “nice and handsome and thin” before they sat down for their early working lunch.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, claims the summit has delivered for America. Note the word “swagger” in his tweet.
James Carafanom, a senior figure in Trump’s transition team now with the conservative Heritage Foundation thinktank, is cheerleading for the agreement.
He claims Trump’s critics now look foolish because the summit has not been the disaster that some predicted.
Trump critics look foolish 1) they predicted absolute disaster 2) was not Great Leap Forward but not great leap backward 3) critics called a disaster anyway-sad
It’s only different if context is different if 1) US doesn’t compromise on maximum pressure 2) US doesn’t compromise on denuclearization demand https://t.co/3GJT9z3iPE
Here’s what we know so far:
Reuters has the full text of the document signed by Trump and Kim.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
Korea analysts are not impressed by the vagueness and limited scope of the agreement.
Robert Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University, says the text is “even thinner than most sceptics anticipated”.
Wow. If this is it… this is depressing. This is even thinner than most skeptics anticipated. I figured Trump wd at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete: https://t.co/tvhLVnlXpj. This looks pretty generic. Maybe there will be some surprise in presser? https://t.co/BbzZaeCzo0
How does the Joint Statement from the “epochal” Singapore Summit stack up with other historic documents on denuclearization? Not so well, I fear. See for yourself; @Joshua_Pollack has compiled them all.https://t.co/4c7t3rNpGD
Some initial thoughts:
1. How will Trump make “security guarantees to the DPRK” genuinely credible?
2. That answer will impact any KJU roadmap to “denuclearization of the peninsula”
5. Denucelarization will be of peninsula, not just NK.
6. No mention of missiles! This was issue that brought all to fore last year.
7. Text on MIA remains implies U.S. mil. figures will be visiting DPRK.
8. Commitment to “expeditious” implentation is good.
Here’s a slightly clearer view of those four key points.
The most important one is the third point in which Trump and Kim “commit to work toward the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
LATEST: Preview of the Kim-Trump statement pic.twitter.com/VYzCe0u1Er
Marshall McLuhan would so relish this moment, when Text is inadvertently disclosed in the Image of post-Gutenberg Man, holding it aloft like a trophy. Too bad he’s not around to enjoy it.
Here’s another close-up image of the text.
North Korea commits to “work towards” denuclearisation in the document Kim signed with Trump, according to photographs of the text.
ZOOM IN ON THE TEXT: “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.” pic.twitter.com/vXBeIMP81i
2. “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
China has praised the summit as historic and called for “full denuclearisation” to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula, AFP reports:
There is impatience among watching journalists and analysts to see the contents of the document agreed by Trump and Kim.
Dear White House staff,
It’s 2:06 am on the East Coast. Can we move it along with the document please?
They have signed an agreement but not sure what’s in it yet. Is it a success or not depends on what’s in it. https://t.co/rX1sMbTmS4
Trump and Kim have left Sentosa after the conclusion of the summit. The motorcades of the two leaders have left the resort island. Trump has said he will give a press conference later this afternoon, before departing Singapore at 7pm local time. He is expected to speak to the press alone.
Trump and Kim have appeared on the steps of the hotel holding their signed agreements.
“We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and our countries,” said Trump. Asked what he learned about Kim, Trump said: “I learned he’s a very talented man and I also learned he loves his country very much.”
The US and North Korean leaders have signed an agreement after historic talks held in Singapore.
Trump and Kim arrived in the signing room, walking in together and taking seats at the table.
The North Korean and US delegations have entered the room where the signing is due to take place. We are expecting Trump and Kim to arrive imminently.
Reporters are in a room that has a desk and two chairs flanked by US and North Korean flags, waiting for Trump and Kim to emerge.
Julian Borger says it is all in the detail though: there are two pens inscribed in gold and the inscription appears to be Trump’s signature.
In Singapore, a desk has been set up in the Capella Hotel with two chairs and two pens. The pens are black and inscribed in gold. The inscription appears to be Donald Trump’s signature.
A pool report says that at 1.08pm, after enormous bustle and commotion en route as US and North Korean reporters pushed and shoved each other, the pool arrived in a ceremonial room where it appears Trump and Kim will sign a document.
Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, and national security adviser, John Bolton, are present.
A little bit of jostling going on in the signing ceremony room. pic.twitter.com/uBjISU5tzN
While we wait to hear what is to be signed by Trump and Kim, it’s worth remembering that one thing that is unlikely to have been discussed today is North Korea’s record on human rights. Benjamin Haas has this reminder of the abuses that are committed by the regime.
CNN has cited a senior US official saying Trump and Kim would agree on a joint statement recording the progress of the summit.
After Trump’s announcement that he and Kim were on the way to “a signing”, a reporter asked: “What are you signing, sir?”
Trump replied: “We’ll be announcing that in a couple of minutes.”
Trump and Kim have emerged from their working lunch and are addressing the press.
Trump said it was a “really fantastic meeting” and they had made “fantastic progress”. He also said the talks were “top of the line” and “better than anyone could have expected”.
A tweet by Ivanka Trump, which purports to be an English translation of a Chinese proverb, has been interpreted by some commentators as a veiled criticism of the Chinese government’s inability to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb
Our resident handshake analyst, Benjamin Haas, has this take on the 12-second handshake between the two leaders, and other things we learned from the first moments of the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
We have seen pictures from the working lunch. Trump, Kim and their negotiating parties will be eating at a long white table, which is set with green and white flowers. Representatives from the two sides are seated on either side of the table facing one another.
As Trump and Kim entered the room, photographs were taken, with Trump joking about wanting to get a “beautiful picture” in which he looked good.
Trump and Kim and teams sit down for a working lunch. Asks photographers: “Did you get a beautiful photo that makes me look nice and handsome and thin and perfect?” Kim just gazes at cameras, looking somewhat stunned.
According to Korean media, the “working lunch” between Trump and Kim has begun.
We have just got through the menu for the working lunch, which Trump and Kim are due to sit down to in about five minutes. That means they’ll be eating lunch at 11:30am local time, which seems on the early side, but at least the menu looks delicious.
They will be eating:
Traditional prawn cocktail served with avocado salad
Today might appear to some to be a case of life imitating art.
In what is perhaps the best quote of the summit so far, pool reporters say that as they walked away together after shaking hands, Kim said to Trump:
Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy from a science fiction movie.
Trump and Kim are locked away for the “expanded bilateral” portion of today’s talks, which run until 11.30am local time.
Unlike their first talk of the day, at which just Trump, Kim and their interpreters were present, at this talk the leaders are accompanied by their key advisers. Benjamin Haas and Julian Borger have this handy guide to who is in the room.
We are getting pictures from the expanded bilateral talk now. The leaders are shaking hands again across the table and exchanging greetings.
Their remarks were hard to catch over the noise of cameras, but Trump said the two leaders would “solve a big problem, a big dilemma that until this point has been unable to be solved.”
I believe this is a big prelude to peace… There will also be big challenges ahead but I’m willing to do this.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have left their one-on-one talk. They emerged from the talks together. Kim was smiling and Trump was chatting to Kim as they waved to press from the balcony of the hotel.
Dennis Rodman, the retired US basketballer, is on CNN now talking about the summit and getting very emotional as he talks about today’s events.
Rodman, who is wearing a Make America Great Again cap, said Trump had “reached out” to him.
Donald Trump reached out, he called his secretary, she called me and said, ‘Donald Trump is so proud of you, he likes you a lot.’ And that means a lot. I don’t want to take any credit, we can all take credit and I’m just so glad this is happening.
This is Trump and Kim Jong-un’s day. It’s the world’s day, it’s not my day.
The leaders address the media before walking into their one-on-one discussion. Donald Trump says he is confident the talks will be a “tremendous success” and “We will have a tremendous relationship, I have no doubt.”
Kim Jong-un says “it has not been easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles, but we have overcome them and we are here today.”
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met at the Capella hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
They shook hands on the steps of the hotel before cameras. By Trump’s standards it was a relatively low-key handshake, with no jerky movements, although it lasted for about 12 seconds.
Donald Trump has arrived at the Capella hotel where he is due to meet Kim Jong-un. Kim is already inside and the two leaders are expected to pose for a photograph together before they begin talks.
Kim Jong-un has arrived at the Capella hotel in Singapore for talks with Donald Trump. He walked out of his car and into the hotel accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Donald Trump has tweeted again, this time about Larry Kudlow, who Trump says has had a heart attack and is now in hospital.
Kudlow is one of Trump’s economic advisers and last week called Justin Trudeau’s behaviour at the G7 summit a “betrayal” of Trump.
Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.
A great shot from the spot where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are expected to greet one another at the start of the summit. We expect their meeting and the handshake in the next 20 minutes. Both Kim and Trump have arrived on Sentosa.
Kim Jong-un’s motorcade is crossing the bridge to Sentosa Island, the site of today’s historic talks. The first event on the agenda is a greeting between the leaders, before they have a one-on-one talk.
Donald Trump has arrived at the Capella hotel, where talks are due to begin in just over half an hour.
Kim Jong-un’s motorcade has left the St Regis hotel where he is staying in Singapore. He was not seen entering a car but it is believed he is being driven to meet Donald Trump at the resort island of Sentosa. The talks are due to begin at 9am local time, in about 40 minutes.
It appears that Donald Trump is tweeting from his car as he is driven to the talks.
Just won big Supreme Court decision on Voting! Great News!
Donald Trump has left his hotel and is en route to Sentosa for the talks, which are due to begin in about an hour. Kim Jong-un has not yet been seen leaving his hotel.
“It is Donald Trump’s recurring boast that with the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un, he has succeeded in negotiations with North Korea where his predecessors failed,” writes Julian Borger.
The White House has released read-outs of phone calls between Donald Trump and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, which took place yesterday about the summit. The White House said the president would “consult closely” with Abe after today’s talks, and that Trump and the South Korean leader would “continue their close coordination following President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore”.
North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun has taken the unusual step of reporting Kim Jong-un’s arrival in Singapore on its front page this morning.
It is rare for the official newspaper of the ruling Korean Workers’ party to print coverage of the leader’s activities so quickly. The state-run KCNA news agency has also released photos of Kim during his walkabout on the eve of his meeting with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has, of course, been tweeting since he landed in Singapore. He was upbeat upon arrival but this morning was both cautious – warning that he would be able to tell quickly whether a deal would be possible – and triumphant, sticking it to the “haters and losers”.
Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!
Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!
The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers. We have our hostages, testing, research and all missle launches have stoped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!
It’s been a bumpy ride to get to this point. Since the date and location of the summit were announced last month, both sides have threatened to call off the talks, with Trump following through less than a month ago, announcing that the meeting would not proceed owing to what he perceived as “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the North Korean leader. After a visit from Kim Jong-un’s top aide Kim Yong-chol, who will be present at the talks today, Trump announced the summit would go ahead after all.
Benjamin Haas has this excellent briefing on the focus of the talks, who the main players are and what they’re hoping to get out of the summit.
Welcome to our live coverage of the US-North Korea summit.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are meeting in Singapore today for talks that many – including the two leaders – thought might never happen.
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