President Trump meets Kim Jong Un
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore.
Here's what you need to know about how the summit went down:
- The meetings: In the first meeting, Trump and Kim were joined only by translators, a break from standard practice of having at least one aide present for high-stakes huddles. Later in the day, advisers joined the talks for a larger bilateral session.
- The agreement: Trump and Kim signed a statement that said the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." In exchange, Trump agreed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea.
- The press conference: Following the summit, Trump held a lengthy press conference (his first in more than a year). He mentioned that Kim accepted his invitation to the White House, said he "really believes" Kim will keep his word and recounted how he told Kim North Korea could have "the best hotels in the world."
- The interview: President Trump gave his first post-summit interview to ABC, and said Kim "trusts me, and I trust him."
- The reactions: The British government, the European Union, Russia, South Korea, the head of the United Nations and other world figures have offered positive reflections on the summit, saying it's a positive step toward peace.
- What happens next: There are few details on what new commitments have been secured from Kim. Whether nuclear disarmament is indeed the final outcome of Tuesday's summit won't be known for years, if not decades.
President Trump gave an hour-long press conference before he left Singapore — and it started this movie trailer-esque video:
The nearly 10-minute-long video starts with a title card claiming it's a "Destiny Pictures" production, a voiceover and stock footage from around the world.
"Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth. Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact. And only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history," the video begins.
The trailer eventually cuts to images of Trump and Kim.
The voiceover ends with this:
"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a meeting to remake history. To shine in the sun. One moment, one choice — what if? The future remains to be written."
CNN just caught a glimpse of the North Korean delegation leaving the St. Regis hotel in Singapore, where Kim Jong Un was staying his stay for the summit with President Trump.
President Trump, who stayed at the Shangri-La hotel, left Singapore a few hours ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just spoke on the floor about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying it is a major step toward "historic peace."
"As President Trump explained a few hours ago, today is the beginning of the arduous process. Our eyes are wide open," McConnell said.
"If North Korea does not prove willing to [denuclearize], we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure," McConnell said. "Today I congratulate the President on this major step, and share his hope that it will begin a process that leads to an historic peace."
The historic US-North Korean summit is making headlines across the world — except in North Korea.
By the early evening, the country's tightly controlled media had completely ignored the meeting itself, at which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a vague pledge of denuclearization.
However, the state-run newspaper did show images of Kim's tour of Singapore, which happened the night before their meeting.
In North Korea, where all local media is state-owned, reports often come out a day after the fact, leaving the population there in the dark Tuesday on one of the country's most significant political events in years.
Some things that were mentioned in North Korean news today:
- The Philippines' national day
- Russia's national day
- The folk sport of swinging
- Day-old news of Kim's trip, with images published of his jaunts around Singapore the night before the summit
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the Trump-Kim summit a "important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace," according to his spokesman.
"The Secretary-General urges all concerned parties to seize this momentous opportunity and reiterates his readiness to fully support the ongoing process."
Here's the full statement:
The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States as an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.As the Secretary-General noted in letters to both leaders before the Summit, the road ahead requires cooperation, compromise and a common cause. Implementing today’s and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community. The Secretary-General urges all concerned parties to seize this momentous opportunity and reiterates his readiness to fully support the ongoing process.
The Department of Defense "continues to work with the White House, the interagency, and our allies and partners" following the summit, Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN.
"We will provide additional information as it becomes available," he added.
A separate senior US defense official said the Pentagon will work with the White House and State Department to further determine how to carry out the President’s intent on exercises.
The official says “right now the issues to be determined” are:
- The timeframe: Is this a temporary or permanent suspension?
- The level of exercises impacted: Is it all of them, or just major ones?
- The impact of allies: Plus the impact to coalition who are part of the exercise program.
- The questions that remain: Are there any conditions set? Do the North Koreans have to do anything first to result in exercise suspension?
Why we're talking about this: Earlier today, President Trump said the US plans to stop the "war games," an apparent reference to joint military exercises with South Korea that North Korea has long rebuked as provocative.
Trump also said he hopes to eventually withdraw US forces from South Korea, but said "That's not part of the equation right now."
Here's that moment: