The US and North Korea on Tuesday signed a “comprehensive” document at the Singapore summit agreeing on complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, security guarantees to North Korea and establishing bilateral ties for a lasting peace regime.
The four-point document inked by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their first-ever meeting said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a high-level North Korean official will meet “at the earliest possible date.”
North Korea said it would recover the remains of prisoners of the 1950-1953 Korean War and make arrangements for the immediate repatriations of those already identified.
The two leaders described the signing of the document as a great achievement.
Kim said the two sides have overcome their past history and are making a new beginning. Now that the agreement is signed, the world will see a big change.
Trump said the US and North Korea are going to build a special bond while sorting out a dangerous issue for the rest of the world.
On denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Trump said the process will begin shortly without going into the detail.
The US will stop holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula, Trump said, making a major concession to North Korea after his summit with Kim. South Korea and the US hold joint drills every year that infuriate Pyongyang which has long demanded an end to these exercises.
Trump described Kim as a very talented man who loves his country very much. He said they will meet again many times adding that he would invite Kim to the White House.
The day’s events began to unfold at 9.30am local time when Trump and Kim strode into the hotel’s courtyard from opposite sides, stood face to face for the first time and shared a historic 12-second handshake, the first ever by a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, in front of alternating US and North Korean flags.
The leaders then walked down a corridor to the hotel’s library where they had a one-on-one meeting for around 45 minutes with just translators present.
The two leaders emerged from the library all smiles indicating that the meeting over denuclearisation was off to a good start.
They walked to a balcony to smile and wave at the media.
Trump told them both leaders had a great discussion. He said he is going to have a terrific relationship with the North Korean leader.
Kim said it was not easy to get here as old prejudices and practices stood as hurdles for both.
The two leaders described the summit as a great prelude to peace.
There will be difficulties along the way but a good start has been made, Trump added.
The two leaders then moved on to a different room for an expanded bilateral meeting and working lunch.