Trump and Kim sign document following Singapore meeting
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Unsigned a document the U.S. leader called "very comprehensive," without immediately divulging what it says, according to CNBC.
Details on the document are incoming, the president said at the conclusion of their highly anticipated Tuesday summit, but Trump did say "we're starting that process very quickly — very, very quickly" when asked about whether Kim had agreed to denuclearization.
"I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past. We both want to do something, we both are going to do something, and we have developed a very special bond," Trump said. "This is going to lead to more and more and more."
After the signing of the document, Trump declared to the assembled media at the summit that Kim was a "very worthy, very smart negotiator."
"We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and about our countries," Trump said, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the North Korean dictator. "I learned he's a very talented man. I also learned he loves his country very much."
The summit began with the two men briefly shaking hands and taking a photo side-by-side, then moving to another room, where they sat and made brief statements for the press.
"We're going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it's my honor," Trump said.
"We will have a terrific relationship — I have no doubt," the president added.
For his part, the North Korean leader said, "It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today," according to a translation provided by the White House.
Trump responded: "That's true."
Following those comments, the two leaders began what was said to be a one-on-one meeting, with only translators in attendance.
They then made a brief appearance together at a balcony exposed to cameras, and then headed into a larger bilateral meeting. With delegation members on opposing sides of the table, Trump delivered another message to Kim.
"Mr. Chairman, it's a great honor to be with you, and I know we'll have tremendous success together and we'll solve a big problem — a big dilemma — that until this point has been unable to be solved, and working together we'll get it taken care of," Trump said before reaching for another handshake with his North Korean counterpart.
After hearing Kim's response, Trump added: "We will solve it, we will be successful, and I look forward to working on it with you. It will be done."
Later in the day, the two men walked out of the meeting together, and Trump addressed the media.
"It's going great. We had a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected — top of the line, really good," the president said.
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