Trump, Kim sign agreement to keep momentum of talks going

Trump, Kim sign agreement to keep momentum of talks going

"Chairman Kim is on his way back to North Korea and I know for a fact as soon as he arrives he is going to start a process that is going to make a lot of people very happy and very safe ..."

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a document on Tuesday asserting that the U.S. president would provide unspecified "security guarantees" to Mr Kim in exchange for the North Korean leader's "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". Trump said at a press conference that he will be ending joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Before Trump became president, Rodman appeared twice on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show and praised the billionaire real estate developer on Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign. "I don't want to do war", Rodman had quoted the North Korean leader as saying.

The president had refused for weeks to answer whether he had communicated with the Kim in the run-up to their historic meeting in Singapore.

"Very good, very good".

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

"This is going to lead to more and more and more", Trump said. Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Kim whether he would reach a deal.

Predicting a tremendous success of the summit, Trump said it was "an honor" to meet with Kim face-to-face and that he would have "a terrific relationship" with the DPRK leader.

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Secretary of State Pompeo said Monday that negotiations with the North Koreans were "moving quite rapidly", and the USA anticipated they would "come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated". Donald Trump then guided Kim Jong-un to the library where the one-on-one meeting was to take place.

After some initial exchanges lasting about half an hour, Mr Trump and Mr Kim emerged, walking side-by-side through the colonnaded hotel before re-entering the meeting room, where they were joined by their most senior officials.

Sitting across Mr Kim and his team at the larger meeting was the USA leader, his chief of staff John Kelly, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

Garrett also asked the president about verifying North Korean compliance.

About 5,000 journalists are in Singapore for the occasion, but only a handful of American and North Korean reporters and photographers were permitted at the venue when the two leaders greet each other.

Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, he added.

The U.S. will move to tighten the punishing measures if diplomacy fails, he added.