North Korean Denuclearisation To Start After Document Is Signed

North Korean Denuclearisation To Start After Document Is Signed

Uncertainty on the issue loomed especially large Tuesday morning in Washington, where long-time North Korea watchers are all too aware that Mr. Kim's father Kim Jong-il explicitly committed back in 2005 to "abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs", only to renege on the promise in the years that followed.

Trump said he had formed a "very special bond" with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different.

Here are the full contents of that document.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at his office in Singapore Sunday evening in his first diplomatic outing of his visit to the country ahead of Tuesday's landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start "very, very quickly".

PM Lee is scheduled to meet Kim at the Istana on Sunday, and Trump on Monday.

There has been no indication Rodman would be involved in any official talks at the summit, which is aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles in exchange for economic incentives and security guarantees.

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Trump had also wanted a commitment to ending the Korean War, which was stopped by an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

The statement said "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". Kim called the sit-down a "good prelude for peace" and Trump pledged that "working together we will get it taken care of". Earlier today, when the contents of the documents remained maddeningly vague, Kim assured reporters that "the world will see a major change".

The North Korean leader was quoted as saying the regime could take more goodwill measures if the U.S. reciprocated with genuine measures to build trust, and that the two countries should take legal and institutional steps to avoid antagonising each other.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise described positive steps from the meeting, such as Kim saying he's willing to take steps toward denuclearization. Mr Trump said he wanted to see United States troops withdraw from the South.

Trump and Kim noted the symbolism of the moment in their document, calling it an "epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities" between the countries.

The US side however reportedly believes that an immediate tangible outcome is unlikely following the meet. All that drama and the Nobel talk?

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