Close encounters of the third Kim: Witnessing the historic Trump-Kim summit

Close encounters of the third Kim: Witnessing the historic Trump-Kim summit

President Donald Trump made history Tuesday in Singapore as the first American president to meet face-to-face with a leader of North Korea since the Kim dynasty sprouted on the peninsula roughly seven decades ago.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un sign documents after the summit meeting. For one thing, North Korea's commitment on "complete denuclearization" is simply a repeat of its previous promise from the inter-Korean summit in April, and it lacks a clear definition.

I asked Trump why he didn't stay longer in Singapore and negotiate for more denuclearization details from North Korea. "By granting a meeting with Chairman Kim, President Trump has granted a brutal and repressive dictatorship, the worldwide legitimacy it has long craved".

"The North Koreans did not come with anything new", Hayden said on CNN. "At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns". But despite his generally optimistic rhetoric, Trump has shown occasional signs of understanding that he is only at the very beginning of negotiations with Kim.

"Their story is well-known", the narrator says while images of Trump and Kim appear on screen.

Yesterday's summit was the first time a sitting United States president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.

Nearly as remarkable as the summit itself was the press conference that Trump gave later in the afternoon, after Kim had left, to the gathered worldwide press corps at the Capella Hotel. What happened to Warmbier had a huge impact on all sides, including on North Korea.

Trump arrives in Singapore for historic summit
Highly unusually, North Korea's state-run media are already reporting on Mr Kim's trip to Singapore to meet Mr Trump. Trump is to be joined by Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and a few others.

"Today we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator.

Israeli ministers, meanwhile, have welcomed the Trump-Kim summit for the message it sends to Iran.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the war, with 7,700 of these United States troops still listed as missing in action - majority in North Korea.

The day had begun with a carefully choreographed encounter in which Trump and Kim strode towards each other, arms extended, in the red-carpeted reception area of a hotel.

Trump faced questions about whether this video could be used as North Korean propaganda since it shows Kim in a positive light.

The declaration added that the two countries "will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula" and an assurance that the "DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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