The Singapore Summit has officially ended after nearly five hours of deep conversation between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “We both want to do something,” said Trump, “…and we have developed a very special bond. The bond he’s talking about seems to be a deepening friendship between the two national leaders, and potentially, a tentative agreement to denuclearize for good.
• The full agreement signed by Trump and Jong-un is available here. It contains vital guidelines and agreements on friendship, peace with South Korea, denuclearization, recovering POW/MIA remains, repatriation, and a generally more open attitude towards other countries.
• At the opening of the summit, the POTUS explained his strong feeling that the talks would be successful. “I feel really great, we’re about to have a great discussion,” he said. “I think it will be tremendously successful, and it’s my honor and we will have a terrific relationship.”
• Kim Jong-un responded. “It has not been easy to come to this point. For us the past has been holding us back, and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today.”
• The two leaders met privately for just 38 minutes – this may seem short, but it was sufficient to cover a long list of critical topics of concern. Then, they spent time leisurely strolling through Singapore’s Capella Hotel.
• President Trump also ushered Kim Jong-un outside at one point, encouraging him to marvel over “The Beast” – a colloquial name for the armored Presidential limousine.
• Each side also brought three additional delegates and one translator to aid communication. American delegates included John Kelly, Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton. North Korean delegates included Ri Yong Ho, Kim Yong Chol, and Ri Su Yong.
• The leaders culminated their main talks with a shared working lunch. Meals consisted of a mixture of American and North Korean flavors – a sign of sharing and diplomacy from both sides.
• After signing the final document, which included plans to work toward denuclearization, Kim Jong-un had one more thing to say. “It is time to leave the past behind,” he said. “The world will see a major change. I’d like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.