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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a one-page joint statement at a dramatic ceremony in Singapore early this morning affirming their “unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
The signed document, which came after a historic first meeting between Trump and Kim, does not detail the steps North Korea will take to denuclearize or how the U.S. might verify that process. The president described it as the first step in a longer negotiation process.
But it marks a dramatic turning point between the U.S. and North Korea, which appeared to be on the brink of war only months ago when Trump and Kim were hurling apocalyptic warnings at one another.
The president appeared elated during a 65-minute press conference this morning, in which he mentioned he hadn’t slept in 25 hours.
“We’ve gotten a lot,” he said. “All I can say, they want to make a deal.”
How the leaders described the agreement
Kim called the document “historic” and said it would lead to a new era in the U.S.-North Korea relationship.
“We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind… The world will see a major change,” Kim said.
Trump called the meeting “honest, direct and productive.”
“It’s a first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,” Trump said.“Our unprecedented meeting … proves that real change is indeed possible … Adversaries can indeed become friends. We can honor the sacrifice of our forefathers by replacing the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace.”
The Hill: Trump, Kim sign document on denuclearization
Fri 17 August 2018 8:49 AM