Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Trump Kim summit: US president hails deal after historic talks




US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous".

 
The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.


The meeting was the first time a sitting US president has met North Korea's leader, and caps a remarkable turnaround for the two.


On nuclear weapons, Mr Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".


However, speaking to reporters after, Mr Trump said:
  • The US would suspend "provocative" war games it holds with South Korea. Mr Trump said he wanted to see US troops withdraw from the South. A spokesperson for the US forces said they had yet to receive any new guidance
  • On denuclearisation, he said that Mr Kim had agreed to it being "verified", a key US demand ahead of the meeting
  • Mr Trump said Mr Kim had also agreed to destroy a "major missile engine testing site"
  • But he said sanctions would remain in place for now and argued "we haven't given up anything".
 
Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.


Largely positive. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held his own meeting with Mr Kim earlier this year, said the "two Koreas and US will write new history of peace and co-operation".


A spokesman, though, also said the "exact meaning and intention" of what Mr Trump had said "needs to be assessed".


China, North Korea's only major diplomatic and economic ally, also said the meeting created a "new history". The foreign ministry said sanctions on North Korea could be eased if it stuck to UN resolutions.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised President Trump's "leadership and effort", saying he supported North Korea's pledge on denuclearisation as "a step towards the comprehensive resolution of issues around North Korea".


North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off

President Trump shows off a signed copy of the statement with his and Kim Jong-un's signatures on the bottom

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during an expanded bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel. With Trump, and to his right, is White House chief of Staff John Kelly

Kim smiles to reporters while taking questions alongside Donald Trump after signing the joint agreement. Both men ignored questions over the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un part ways holding copies of the joint agreement they signed moments earlier

A third grip-and-grin followed brief remarks to press inside the portion of their one-on-one meeting that was open to cameras

Messrs Trump and Kim pose at the first ever summit between sitting leaders of the US and North Korea

A third grip-and-grin followed brief remarks to press inside the portion of their one-on-one meeting that was open to cameras




BBC     News.