Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Trump Kim summit: Face-to-face

Trump Kim summit: Face-to-face

Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: "Absolutely, I will".

U.S. President Donald Trump signed what he called a "very comprehensive" document with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, capping a highly anticipated summit in Singapore aimed at overcoming decades of hostility and mistrust.

Trump described meeting Kim as an "honour" and said he had no doubt the two would have "a tremendous relationship".

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington tomorrow morning after spending today with Kim in Singapore, but on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8pm today after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated. "Thank you very much".

During a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, Trump said the meeting had gone "better than anybody could have expected". They then resumed their walk.

As the meeting opened at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, the two men entered with somber expressions that quickly gave way to smiles.

The US and North Korean flags were lined up in an alternating pattern as the world waited for the two men to shake hands and pose for the cameras. Mr Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Mr Kim whether he would reach a deal.

Kim was heard telling Trump through a translator: "I think the entire world is watching this moment".


After the the one-on-one meeting, Trump did appear to be in a good mood, telling reporters that the private discussion between the two leaders was "very, very good".

Finally, the dessert options included dark chocolate tartlet ganache, vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream with cherry coulis, or Tropezienne, a cream-filled pastry.

Reacting to the news of the two leaders meeting, basketball star and unlikely North Korea envoy Dennis Rodman, who is also in Singapore, said holding the summit was the right thing to do.

In the past, it has also been an easy destination for the North Korean elite.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get United States troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea. Kim was scheduled to leave earlier in the day. Joining Trump were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger.

Trump spoke to Moon and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both key allies of Washington in the region, to discuss developments ahead of the summit.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English.

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