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Kim Commits to Denuclearisation in ‘Excellent’ Summit With Trump

The high-stakes summit was held in Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June.

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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After months of speculation and U-turns, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had a 'successful' one-on-one talk at Singapore's Sentosa island on Tuesday, 12 June.

Trump summed up the summit saying that the two countries have an "excellent relationship", as Kim committed to 'complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula' in a joint 'comprehensive document' signed between the two countries.

Snapshot
  • At the summit, Trump expressed his willingness to invite Kim Jong Un to the White House
  • “We have decided to let go of the past and now the world will see a major change,” said Kim Jong Un after the summit
  • India and the European Union called the talks between Trump and Kim as a ‘positive development’
  • The summit at the Sentosa island in Singapore was the first-ever talk between a US President and a North Korean leader
4:27 AM , 13 Jun

Kim Accepts Trumps Invite to Visit the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accepts US President Donald Trump's invitation to visit the United States and says denuclearisation is dependent on ceasing antagonism.

10:30 PM , 12 Jun

Japan Calls Trump-Kim Meet 'First Step' Towards Denuclearisation

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed a document signed by North Korea's leader at an unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump as a "first step" towards denuclearisation.

Speaking briefly after Kim Jong Un and Trump held historic talks in Singapore, Abe also said he was pleased that the US leader said he had raised the emotive issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang.

“Through this US-North Korea summit, Chairman Kim Jong Un's intent for complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was confirmed in writing,” Abe told reporters.

"I support this as a first step to the comprehensive resolution of issues concerning North Korea." Kim and Trump signed a document after their talks in which the North Korean leader reaffirmed his commitment to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", without giving further details.

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8:36 PM , 12 Jun

Trump Depicts Benefits of Peace in Video Played for Kim at Summit Singapore

Donald Trump played a Hollywood-style video to Kim Jong-un, which depicted the North Korean leader and the US president as its leading men, showing the prospect of peace.

The video made a dramatic pitch for the benefits of peace between the two Cold war-era rivals laying out the opportunities that could come with an agreement to eliminate North Korea's nuclear arsenal — a story about "two men, two leaders, one destiny."

Trump played the video in Korean to the North Korean leader and eight aides at their private bilateral meeting, The Straits Times reported.

When asked about the video montage played ahead of the press conference, Trump said: “We had it made. I hope you liked it. I thought it was interesting enough to show and I showed it to him (Kim) today towards the end of the meeting and I think he loved it,” the report said.

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6:33 PM , 12 Jun

Russia Too Hails the Historic Summit Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as a "positive" step, Russian news agency RIA Novosti said on Tuesday, 12 June.

"We have not yet seen the documents (signed at the summit). I don't think they have been published. But the mere fact that this meeting took place is of course positive," the agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

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Published: 10 Jun 2018, 7:57 PM IST
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