Timeline: Trump's turbulent Twitter commentary on Kim Jong Un

Leroy Wright
June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have signed a joint document in which they commit to working "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Singapore's diplomatic relations with North Korea stretch back four decades.

He added that he suspected he "somewhat had something to do with this North Korean situation".

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shook hands once again ahead of a private meeting with only their translators present. "The President has also expressed his openness to expanding access to foreign investment and other economic opportunities for North Korea if they take the right steps".

"Today we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", the North Korean leader said.

The Trump administration seeks the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of the North's nuclear weapons program.

"This is Trump's natural setting - he's used to being in front of TV cameras while this might not be so natural for Kim", he said.

The meeting marks the first ever meeting between a sitting North Korean leader and a US president. "We just need the doors to be opened so we can start fresh", he said.

"I believe we're going to have a terrific success or a modified success", Trump said during a press conference last week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kim also wanted guarantees of his regime's security, and many analysts believe he was hoping for an agreement that would eventually see USA troops pulled out of the Korean Peninsula. "And it's my honor to be involved".

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Trump did most of the talking, and the North Korean leader appeared to listen attentively, turning to him three times during their walk toward their meeting room.

The circus-like atmosphere might be amusing if the stakes weren't so high. It's safe to say that there has rarely if ever been a time when the North Korean and American flags flew side-by-side quite like this.

The meeting is also a striking departure for a relationship that just months ago was defined by highly personal insults and rhetoric that seemed to raise the possibility for imminent military confrontation.

Reflecting on criticism to his past visits to North Korea, Rodman broke down in tears, saying he received death threats over his meetings with Kim.

The moment, as it played out, was slightly awkward, with Mr Kim seen staring at the ground and Mr Trump fidgeting with his hands.

"And if we're not willing to do that, we're not going to get a good deal", Graham said, complementing the global community - including China and Russian Federation - for standing behind Trump in regards to sanctions on North Korea.

The Trump-Kim summit is the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Kim is seeking a security guarantee - and possibly a peace treaty - and the removal of the U.S.'s nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected", but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks.

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