Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump, Kim sign agreement to keep momentum of talks going

Trump, Kim sign agreement to keep momentum of talks going

"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says. "I also think I'll know if it's going to happen fast - it may not, but I'll know pretty quickly whether or not in my opinion something positive will happen".

"We have developed a very special bond", Trump said.

The world was watching as they smiled for the cameras, then sat down to make brief remarks before going into a almost 40-minute private meeting, with only translators present.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

While the Air Force One carrying Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, Kim Jong-un reportedly travelled by a Chinese plane, deployed for his personal use, and was received by Singaporean foreign minister. It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

After some initial exchanges lasting around 40 minutes, Trump and Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before re-entering the meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

Mr Trump said the pair had made "a lot of progress".

"It was not easy to get here", he said.

"Adversaries can indeed become friends", Mr. Trump said.

The two posed for pictures briefly before walking over to an awning and appeared quite cordial in their greeting, both smiling as they shook hands for a second time.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has played matchmaker in recent months and held his own summit with Kim in April, delayed a weekly Cabinet meeting to watch the historic handshake.

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President", Kim was overheard telling Trump.

Speaking to Cuomo, Rodman got emotional as he spoke of his efforts of trying to bring bitter rivals North Korea and the U.S. together.

"It's gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success", Trump said.

Kim has rejected calls to unilaterally give up his weapons in return for economic aid, and instead has proposed a step-by-step denuclearization process.

He added there was no mention of verifiable or irreversible denuclearization in the Singapore summit agreement.

"Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs".

But in return, Washington would offer "different and unique" guarantees "to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them".

Here's a look back at some of the many comments Trump has shared on Twitter about the North Korean leader.

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