Trump, Kim claim big summit success, but details are scant

Andrew Cummings
June 14, 2018

In a statement, Harman said he "salutes" Trump for bringing the issue to the table, and thanked Kim.

"The Secretary-General urges all concerned parties to seize this momentous opportunity and reiterates his readiness to fully support the ongoing process", the statement added.

At the conclusion of the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim reached an agreement that included complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for some security assurances on behalf of the United States. The U.S. has previously ruled out a halt in military exercises on the Korean peninsula as part of its military alliance with Seoul.

"Look, he's doing what he's seen done, if you look at it", Trump said.

Trump and Kim met on Tuesday for a historic diplomatic summit.


"The objective of this summit was to get the North Koreans to agree on denuclearization", she said. But despite his generally optimistic rhetoric, Trump has shown occasional signs of understanding that he is only at the very beginning of negotiations with Kim.

Trump, reiterating his trust of Kim, said: "I do trust him, yeah".

Trump said the video was meant to illustrate the bright future that might be ahead, if Kim agrees to denuclearize.

Following his withdrawal from the pact, Trump has announced the restoration of USA sanctions, while European leaders are trying to preserve the deal. "It was a bad thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea".

The deal Trump made with North Korea could end up fundamentally changing the state of relations between the USA and North Korea, but many critics point out that it lacks a specific outline for how Pyongyang will denuclearize. But he noted that the "war games" with South Korea that Trump said he will end, will continue if the North Korean leader doesn't follow through on his commitments.


For human rights activist Park Yeonmi, who fled North Korea when she was 13, she remains suspicious about Kim Jong Un's pledges to toss out the country's nuclear ambitions.

Yesterday's summit was the first time a sitting U.S. president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.

After all the rhetoric and name-calling, Trump and Kim shook hands.

"The world will see a major change", the North Korean leader said.

Affirming that sanctions will stay in place until the North Korean nuclear capability is gone, Trump also answered several questions about the omission of the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" from the signed joint statement.


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