US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un met at the lavish Capella Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday for a historic first-time meeting between the two leaders.
The US initially wanted the talks to center on the denuclearization of North Korea, but the two countries have different definitions of what denuclearization would involve and the talks may now just be seen by the Trump administration as the first step toward some form of denuclearization.
Trump and Kim shared their first handshake around 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the first time a sitting US president has met with a North Korean leader. The pair seemed all smiles as they prepared for their one-on-one meeting accompanied only by translators.
The two leaders held bilateral talks with several key US figures, including John Bolton, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeo present.
The men then shared a lunch together, and later signed a “comprehensive” and “historic” agreement, which called for establishing new US-North Korea relations, building a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, upholding the agreement reached in April between Kim and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, and recovering prisoner of war remains.
Trump then discussed the agreement further at a later press conference, where he thanked world leaders and praised talks between him and Kim.
Here’s how the events unfolded live:
4:21 p.m.: Trump said without Otto Warmbier, his summit with Kim would not have happened.
Trump said his Warmbier’s death helped bring attention to North Korea. Trump also defended his comments calling Kim “talented,” which he said was due to Kim ruling his country “tough,” and taking over the regime at a young age.
Trump added that he and Kim discussed human rights, and that Kim wants to “do the right thing.”
4:17 p.m.: Trump began his press conference on the contents of his agreement with Kim Jong Un.
Trump thanked regional leaders, like Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea’s Moon Jae-In, and China’s Xi Jinping, who he called a “great leader.”
Trump discussed their joint-agreement, and agreed to work towards a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump also revealed that North Korea pledged to destroy a missile testing site, which he says they agreed upon after they signed their joint agreement.
2:00 p.m.: Kim left Capella Hotel, and likely returned to North Korea.
Trump remained in Sentosa to give two interviews, one with ABC News, and one with Fox News, and to deliver a press conference about the details of the agreement signed between him and Kim.
1:55 p.m.: Trump and Kim went outside the Capella Hotel for one last photo op.
When asked what he had learned about Kim, Trump said: “he’s a very talented man. He loves his country very much.”
Trump also told reporters that he and Kim “will meet again, many times.”
1:49 p.m. Trump told reporters that denuclearization would begin “very quickly,” and that the document signed was “comprehensive.”
When asked by a reporter if he would be inviting Kim to the White House, Trump said: “Absolutely, I will.”
1:43 p.m.: Trump and Kim shook hands following their signing.
Trump said: “We were very proud of what took place today. I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula will be much different than it has been in the past.”
He added that he and Kim have developed a “very special bond,” and that the document will “take care of a major world problem.”
1:42 p.m. Trump flashes the document to the press pool, allowing savvy photographers to get a zoomed-in view of the agreement’s details.
The document reads:
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.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. 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.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognising that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
- The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
- The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit – the first in history – was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.
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 have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
1:40 p.m.: Trump and Kim signed a “historic document.”
Little details were given on the agreement, other than that it was “historic” and “comprehensive.”
Kim Jong Un said: “We will leave the past behind we are going to sign this historic document. The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump for making this meeting happen.”
Trump announced he would be delivering a news conference at 2:30 p.m local time to speak about details pertaining to the agreement. He ended up speaking closer to 4:00 p.m.
1:13 p.m.: Trump’s signature was featured on one of the pen’s.
1:10 p.m.: Two pens were set up for a signing, although it was unclear what exactly they were signing.
12:50 p.m.: The presidential motorcade was readied and in place.
Singapore police announced road closures in the area were expected within the hour. Kim Jong Un was expected to leave the summit to catch a 2:00 p.m. flight although he ended up leaving about an hour later.
12:45 p.m.: Trump and Kim parted ways although it was unclear where they went.
They remained inside the Capella Hotel although they went in separate directions.
12:42 p.m.: Trump and Kim paused to determine where to go next.
John Bolton seemed to address Kim directly. The men seemed unsure of where to go next.
12:41: In an unexplained display, Trump showed Kim the outside and inside of his presidential car, referred to as “The Beast.”
It is unclear what was said during this moment, though Kim has an affinity for vintage cars.
12:40 p.m.: Trump and Kim emerged from lunch looking pleased and went for a stroll along the hotel courtyard.
Trump told reporters: “It was a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress. Better than anyone could have expected, top of the line.” He then added they would be partaking in a “signing.”
11: 54 a.m.: Both delegations met for lunch.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, National Security Council Director for Asia Matt Pottinger, and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim joined the US delegation.
11:50 a.m.: The menu for the summit featured some exotic and familiar dishes.
The unique menu featured several traditional Korean dishes alongside several of Trump’s favourites, including beef short ribs.
9:56 a.m.: Trump delivered remarks before the two men shared a handshake.
On issues that remain unsolved between the leaders, Trump said: “working together, we will get it taken care of.”
9:55 a.m.: Bilateral talks between the leaders began with both delegations present.
Small delegations from both countries were present:
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
John Bolton, National Security Adviser
John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff
Kim Yong Chol, Four Star General, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea
Ri Su Yong, Party Vice Chairman, Director of International Affairs
Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister
9:51 a.m.: The two leaders emerged briefly from their meeting.
The two leaders appeared pleased as they briefly exited their talks and walked into another area of the hotel. They met for 38 minutes before beginning their expanded bilateral talks with officials from both countries.
A reporter asked Trump how talks were going, to which he responded: “very, very well.”
9:13 a.m.: Trump gave Kim a thumbs up following the North Korean leader’s statements.
9:12 a.m. Kim is seen smiling as Trump briefly discussed the future of their relationship.
In his opening remarks, Kim said: “There will be challenges ahead but we will work with Trump. We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace.”
9:10 a.m.: The two leaders posed for brief statements before beginning a private one-on-one meeting, accompanied only by translators.
Trump said: “We will solve it…and I look forward to working on it with you. Thank you very much. Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.”
9:07 a.m.: Trump led Kim into the library, and the two leaders were all smiles as they stopped for an impromptu talk.
Kim reportedly told Trump: “Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy…from a science fiction movie.”
9:05 a.m.: Trump and Kim posed for photos together for a small press pool.
Trump reportedly wanted the same number of US media as North Korean media present.
9:03 a.m.: Trump and Kim shook hands for the first time.
As Kim walked across the stage, it is believed his translator said: “Nice to meet you, Mr. President” in English.
8:58 a.m.: President Donald Trump arrived and walks into the Capella Hotel alone.
His delegation follows behind him.
8:56 a.m.: The outside of the hotel where the two leaders met for a photo op.
The backdrop where the two leaders posed for photos features North Korean and US flags hanging side-by-side.
8:52 a.m.: Kim arrived first for the meeting with President Trump.
Kim and his delegation waited for Trump’s arrival inside the hotel, and it’s reportedly a show of respect for Kim, the younger of the two leaders, to arrive first.
8:39 a.m.: The entrance of the Capella Hotel where Kim Jong Un and President Trump arrived for their first face-to-face meeting.
Trump admitted to ABC News that he has spoken to Kim on the phone in the past.
8:32 a.m.: The view from the Capella Hotel in Sentosa Island, the secluded island off Singapore’s southern coast where the leaders met.
The island usually serves as a popular tourist destination, but has been cordoned off for the summit.
8:20 a.m.: Kim Jong Un and his motorcade left the St. Regis Hotel for the Capella Hotel to meet with President Trump.
Singapore footed the bill for Kim’s stay at the lavish hotel, the country’s foreign minister said.
8:15 a.m.: President Donald Trump left the Shangri-La Hotel for Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island where he will meet Kim Jong Un.
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