China welcomes Trump-Kim talks in Singapore

China welcomes Trump-Kim talks in Singapore

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a "comprehensive" document at the end of their historic summit here on Tuesday, vowing to forge a new partnership and reverse decades of American policy toward the rogue regime.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday by signing a document in which Trump pledged "security guarantees" to the North, and Kim reiterated his commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

US President Donald Trump also "committed to provide security guarantees" to Pyongyang, apparently in return for Kim Jong Un's efforts towards denuclearization.

He said the United States' relationship with the DPRK and the Korean Peninsula "is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past".

Trump said Kim, during their meeting, watched a video on an iPad of a vibrant economy - and was impressed.

The pair promised in the document to "build a lasting and stable peace regime" on the Korean Peninsula and to repatriate remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Korean War. Trump has dangled the prospect of economic investment in the North as a sweetener for giving up its nuclear weapons. He added that he expects they will meet again many times.

"We are very proud of what took place today".

As the two men entered the room, photographs were taken, with Trump joking about wanting to get a "beautiful picture" in which he looked good.

An editorial in the official English-language China Daily emphasized China's role in bringing Trump and Kim together.

"It was not easy to get here", he said.

He added he would "absolutely" invite Kim to the White House to continue their talks. "This is going to lead to more and more and more. and it's an honour to be with you".

United Nations soldiers carries a coffin of a missing U.S. soldier's remains upon arrival at Yokota airbase in Tokyo. The most tangible outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into the luncheon at a long flower-bedecked table. "We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", Kim said.

Following the "breaking news" from the summit, one could learn such colorful details as what Trump, Kim, and their aides ate for lunch, and that former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman - probably Trump and Kim's only mutual friend - believes he should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in making the event happen.

"(North Korea) have great beaches", the billionaire property developer-turned-president said in a press conference after his historic summit with Kim.

Before they signed the document, Trump and Kim had been involved in one-on-one talks, which came after months of planning.

But he also has called the summit the start of a process, lowering expectations for a breakthrough and suggesting the meeting would lay the framework for further negotiations.

The July 12th meet would be followed by talks between the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean officials "at the earliest possible date" to implement the outcomes of the Singapore summit.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump said he would be able to work out within the first minute whether his North Korean counterpart was serious about making peace.

Trump also says he learned Kim is "a very talented man" and "loves his country very much".

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some US politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda.

China, the third party to the truce, said it hoped North Korea and the United States could reach a basic consensus on denuclearisation.

In the run-up to his face-to-face with Kim, Trump had appeared unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader accused by the US of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.

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