The Korean conflict “will soon end,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday following a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Adversaries can indeed become friends,” Trump said.
At the end of their historic meeting at the luxury Capella hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa island, the first ever between leaders of the two nations, Trump as well as Kim signed an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization as well as a lasting “peace regime” on the Korean peninsula.
The document, which Trump deemed “very comprehensive,” says the two sides commit to hold follow-up negotiations as well as to cooperate to develop bilateral relations.
Asked about what the agreement meant for North Korea’s denuclearization, Trump said “we’re starting in which process very quickly — very, very quickly.”
There was no mention of sanctions inside document, although Trump said after the summit those penalties on Pyongyang would certainly remain in place until “the menace of nuclear weapons” is actually removed.
He also fended off questions about dealing that has a dictator of a brutal regime in which dissent is actually not tolerated as well as opponents are killed.
“I think he liked me as well as I like him,” Trump told Voice of America’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview. “as well as I understand the past as well as, you know, nobody has to tell me, he’s a rough guy. He has to be a rough guy or he has been a rough person. although we got along very well. He’s smart, loves his people, he loves his country. He wants a lot of not bad things as well as in which’s why he’s doing This particular.”
Pressed by Van Susteren about human rights abuses, Trump said: “Look, he’s doing what he’s seen done, if you look at This particular. although, I truly have to go by today as well as by yesterday as well as by a couple of weeks ago because in which’s truly when This particular whole thing commenced. “
A photo of the document Trump signed revealed in which the leaders of the United States as well as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea agreed on these four points:
1. The United States as well as the DPRK commit to establish fresh U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace as well as prosperity.
2. The United States as well as the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting as well as stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States as well as the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Read the full text of the document here.
In addition to those elements, the document says Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, an apparent reference to the authoritarian government’s longstanding concern in which the ultimate American goal is actually regime change in Pyongyang.
To follow up on the agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security advisor John Bolton as well as additional members of the U.S. team will be “getting together” with North Korean officials next week to work out details of their agreement, Trump said. He added in which he as well as Kim will “probably” need another meeting, although one hasn’t been set.
“Mike, our whole team has to get to work as well as get This particular completed because, otherwise, we’ve done a not bad job, although if you don’t get the ball over the goal line, This particular doesn’t mean enough,” Trump told his secretary of State at the conclusion of Tuesday’s news conference.