US, North Korea to establish new relations to promote peace, prosperity - statement

Kim and Trump

Kim and Trump

During a photo opportunity at the North Korea summit before a working lunch with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Donald Trump joked with photographers for them to make them "look nice and handsome".

President Trump and Kim Jong-un met at a luxury hotel in Singapore's Sentosa island after months of diplomatic tensions. Amid skyscrapers, new technologies, and visions of a bright future, the film concludes by saying Kim could be a "hero to his people" if he chooses to works with Trump and other global leaders.

The joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved but Trump fleshed out some details at a news conference.

PRESIDENT Donald Trump says the USA is "prepared to start a new history" with North Korea after holding a summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

President Trump said: "Please Chairman, sit".

Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit has said.

Light on specifics, the document signed by the leaders largely amounted to an agreement to continue discussions as it echoed previous public statements and past commitments. North Korea and the United States were on opposite sides in the 1950-53 Korean War and are technically still combatants, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce. "It is too early to call it a turning point in North Korea-U.S. relations". It's aimed at settling a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Asked by a reporter how the meeting was going, Trump said: "Very good".

Kim and Trump shares Handshake
Kim and Trump shares Handshake

After a handshake, they were soon smiling and holding each other by the arm, before Trump guided Kim to the library where they held a meeting with only their interpreters. The video presents Kim and Trump as leaders who can "renew their homeland and change the course of history" on a grand scale. "Two men, two leaders, one destiny". After the meeting the USA and North Korean leaders signed an agreement, which Donald Trump called "very important" and "pretty comprehensive". "I think it's inappropriate to be having war games". Trump had said on Saturday he would know within a minute of meeting Kim whether he would reach a deal. As they entered, Trump injected some levity to the day's extraordinary events, saying: "Getting a good picture everybody?" They then resumed their walk.

Inside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and USA flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the US president gave him a thumbs up. Trump added he would like to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang "at the appropriate time". Kim has been accused of horrific rights abuses against his people.

Trump has already hailed the discussions as "great" and promised they would have a "terrific relationship". But he added "our hostages" are back home and testing, research and launches have stopped.

Trump spoke to Moon and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both key allies of Washington in the region, to discuss developments ahead of the summit.

The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

DPRK is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

Pyongyang has long objected to the annual exercises, viewing them as practice for future military action against the North by the United States.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the USA was "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

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