Singapore Summit: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un make history

UPDATE @ 13 June, 6.30 AM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders has wrapped up in Singapore, with US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowing to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The pair made history on Monday when they met for the historic summit at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

It’s the first time a sitting US President has met for talks with a North Korean leader.


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After three hours of meetings and a shared lunch, President Trump described Kim Jong-Un as a “talented man who loves his country” and said the two now share a “very special bond”.

“My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct, and productive. We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time, under very strong, strong circumstance. We’re prepared to start a new history and we’re ready to write a new chapter between our nations,” Trump said in a statement.

“Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible.  And he wants to do that.  This isn’t the past.  This isn’t another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done.”

Mr Trump also revealed that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site.

“That’s a big thing — for the missiles that they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon,” he said.

It’s understood US sanctions on North Korea will stay in place until denucleariation is achieved.

EARLIER @ 12 June, 2.40 PM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders has wrapped up in Singapore.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made history on Tuesday, when the pair met for the historic summit at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

It’s the first time a sitting US President has met for talks with a North Korean leader.

Speaking to reporters following the one-on-one meeting and working lunch, President Trump said things went “better than anybody could have expected.”

“We had a fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, we are going now for a signing,” Trump said, however did not go into any further detail about what was being signed.

It’s understood the pair will announce further details about the signing in due course.

The leaders greeted each other for the first time on the steps of the hotel, shaking hands in front of a neat display of US and North Korean flags for a solid 12 seconds.

EARLIER @ 7.30 AM | One of the most anticipated meetings between two world leaders is almost upon us.

Today, Donald Trump will make history as he becomes the first sitting US President to meet directly with a North Korean leader.

Trump will hold peace talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as the pair meet for a highly-anticipated encounter at the luxurious Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.

The talks are believed to begin at at 9:00am local time (11:00am AEST), with President Trump then scheduled to hold a media briefing following the summit.

It’s understood the pair will speak one-on-one with only translators, before heading into a larger meeting.

Speaking on Seven’s Sunrise on Tuesday morning, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it’s probably a little too early to speculate about what to expect.

“It’s too early to speculate what we might see from this summit, but I think that both leaders will want to see a deal that represents progress towards their goal,” Ms Bishop told the breakfast program.

“We certainly wish the summit every success, we want to see progress towards an enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula and we want to see North Korea become a law abiding nation.”

Minister Bishop said President Trump has an “unorthodox diplomatic style” while Kim Jong-Un is “most certainly an unorthodox leader.”

“But between them they do hold the peace and stability of our region in their hands, so we want to see a successful summit that sets out a path as to how there can be complete verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s weapons and nuclear weapons program,” she said.

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