President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have signed a “comprehensive document” at the end of their summit in Singapore – although it remains unclear what exactly has been agreed.
Speaking to reporters, Trump said details from the the three documents they signed would be released later, but described them as “very comprehensive.”
He continued to say he thought “both sides will be impressed with the result…We’re very proud of what took place today.”
Trump said the process of denuclearization would be starting “very, very quickly,” but gave no details.
Kim, speaking through an interpreter, expressed his gratitude to Trump after he told the room of reporters that “the world will see a major change.”
He said that the two leaders had “decided to leave the past behind.”
Asked by reporters whether he would invite the North Korean leader to the White House, Trump replied, “Absolutely I would,” saying that he and Kim had developed a “special bond” during the day’s talks.
The first details about the agreement emerged from Getty photographs. The images were released ahead of the official conference scheduled for later today – and before the White House formally released the document.
It follows a historic meeting between the two leaders – the first time that a sitting US President had met with the head of North Korea – Tuesday morning, which lasted for 40 minutes. Both men were accompanied only by their interpreters.
Afterwards, the leaders were joined by small delegations for a working lunch. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and security adviser John Bolton were part of Trump’s team, while former spy chief Kim Yong-chol, often referred to as Kim’s right-hand man, and foreign minister Ri Yong-ho, were at the table representing the North Korean leader.
Speaking later that afternoon, en route to the signing, Trump told reporters at the summit venue in Singapore that the meeting had gone “better than anybody could imagine.”
“It’s my honor. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”
Speaking after Trump, Kim said: “The way to come here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
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Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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