Korean leader Kim commits to peninsula's complete denuclearization in joint text

Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his arrival in Singapore

Image Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pic Ministry of Communications and Information

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Monday the historic meeting to take place between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "truly a mission of peace".

The official start of the summit came when the two world leaders shook hands shortly after 9 a.m. local time. "I hope it's going to be soon. the sanctions right now remain". He added that their meeting was "very, very good".

There was no word immediately after the Trump-Kim meeting of any change in their plans to return home on June 13.

Trump did not refer to the document as a treaty or agreement. Instead, the meet will set the ball rolling for a long dialogue between the two nuclear powers.

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un signed an agreement on Tuesday pledging to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, while the US would provide security guarantees for the country.

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a "very unsafe problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade arrives at the Capella Hotel.

China, historically North Korea's closest partner, has also sought a "freeze for freeze" agreement in which the exercises would be suspended in exchange for North Korea's stopping its weapons development.

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un sign statements after their Singapore meeting.

"Many people in the world will think of this as a. form of fantasy. from a science-fiction movie", Kim said, according to a translator.

Trump also said he wants "at some point" to withdraw the American troops now in South Korea.

A South Korean official said he initially thought Trump had misspoken.

It's a surreal image: Dennis Rodman, standing in Singapore, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and sunglasses, giving an interview through tears as he cheers for President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim sit down with their respective delegations for the US-North Korea summit, following a private discussion that kicked off the historic meeting between the leaders. "In the past, old practices and prejudices worked against us and placed many obstacles in our way, but we overcame all of them and we are here today".

The document signed by the two leaders was obtained by media outlets by zooming in on photos taken at a signing ceremony.

Responding to a query whether he would invite Kim to the White House, the US President said: "Absolutely, I will". "We can't go too terribly wrong without doing these exercises without having some impact".

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