Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's Historic Summit in Singapore

14 Juin, 2018, 03:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting USA and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off.

Not to be outdone, Kim firmly pumped Trump's hand, looking him straight in the eye for the duration, before breaking off to face the media.

The first question from the press corps challenged the president about how he could praise Kim Jong-un when he was, after all, a brutal dictator.

Warmbier was an American college student who was arrested in North Korea, came back to the US with brain damage previous year and later died. Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide. Trump called the drills "provocative and inappropriate", adding that he ultimately wants to "bring our soldiers home" - a reference to some 25,000 US troops stationed in South Korea.

"We're very proud of what took place today", Trump said.

"Yeah, they are going to stay". He added, "We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", saying that "we won't do that [continue with military exercises] as long as we are negotiating in good faith". By contrast, Rodman said that he has heard from Trump's administration.

Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. State Department official who worked on North Korean issues, said the declaration "was the minimum necessary to consider the summit a success - no premature concessions, and no escalation of tensions".

The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.

US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. "And it will. It will soon end". "Chairman Kim is on his way back to North Korea and I know that when he gets back, he is going to start a process that is going to make people very happy and very safe".

At one point, Trump pointed down to the ground and Kim seemed to nod, playing along in what was a carefully choreographed moment.

He said he realized that the North Korean leader is a "rough guy" but that "he's doing what he's seen done" in the past in his country, where his father and grandfather were autocratic rulers before him.

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Trump will use what he says are legendary instincts to see whether Kim if bluffing, buying time or is serious.

Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimise Kim on the world stage as an equal of the USA president.

January 1, 2018: Kim announces in his annual New Year address that North Korea's nuclear forces are "capable of thwarting and countering any nuclear threats from the United States".

June 11, 2018: Mike Pompeo says United States is offering "unique" security guarantees to North Korea in return for a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation. The stroll was rehearsed for days, with White House staffers playing the roles of the two leaders before Trump and Kim did it for real, a White House official said. Trump had originally agreed to the summit, then called it off before reviving it again.

Trump had cajoled the worldwide community to exert "maximum pressure" to buckle Kim's regime and threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang did not disarm. He praised Kim for entering into negotiations with the US, a longtime foe. "I think he liked me and I like him".

"Top of the line", the President said, arguing the summit went better than his critics had expected. An elegantly ambiguous agreement was made to sidestep the problem of Taiwan, an influential joint communiqué was issued, and tangible progress was made, not just leaders smiling and posing for photographers.

Kim and Trump will first meet one-on-one in a closed session, before a larger meeting with key advisers, USA officials said.

Asked by this reporter whether Kim indeed pledged to denuclearize, something the President promised, Trump insisted the wheels are in motion.

Trump announced that he will be freezing U.S. military "war games" with its ally South Korea while negotiations between the two countries continue.

"Sanctions are a means not an end", said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "We believe the Security Council should make efforts to support the diplomatic efforts at the present time".

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