A Summit That Went “Better Than Anybody Could Have Expected”

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Kim said:

  • The two leaders “decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.”

Trump said:

  • He had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different.
  • “Absolutely, I will,” when asked if he would invite Kim to the White House.
  • Kim is “very smart” and a “very worthy, very hard negotiator.”
  • He learned Kim is “a very talented man” and “he loves his country very much.”
  • The summit had gone “better than anybody could have expected”.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a “comprehensive” document on Tuesday following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

There were no immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start “very, very quickly”.

Although the breakthrough made at the summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former US President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

Before signing what Trump described as a “comprehensive letter”, Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting “and decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.”

Trump said he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different.

“People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world,” Trump said.

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

He called Kim “very smart” and a “very worthy, very hard negotiator.”

“I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.”

During a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, Trump said the summit had gone “better than anybody could have expected”.

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Kim stood silently alongside, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as “a good prelude to peace”.

Both men walked to Trump’s bullet-proof limousine, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk.

The White House said later that discussions with North Korea had moved “more quickly than expected” and Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night after the summit, rather than Wednesday, as scheduled earlier.

Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit has said.


Earlier report: June 12, Trump Tells Kim a ‘Terrific Relationship’ Beckons as Summit Begins