President Trump is declaring the historic Singapore summit a success after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un early Tuesday. According to CBS News, Trump and Kim were able to come to an understanding that “Pyongyang would work toward denuclearization and the United States would end joint military exercises with South Korea.” Trump and Kim both signed a document agreeing to a handful of key provisions, CBS reports.
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However, CBS reports that the United States and North Korea did not reach any specific agreement on how North Korea will achieve denuclearization. In a rare news conference after the summit, Trump stated that the U.S. will be “verifying,” that North Korea follows through. Check out video of the news conference below.
“Mr. Trump said the U.S. will be continuing sanctions until denuclearization occurs — but suggested sanctions might be lifted earlier than many experts thought possible,” CBS reports.
Trump claimed that the summit went “better than anybody would have expected,” that Kim had a great personality, and that he looked forward to inviting Kim to the White House.
“The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we overcame all of it and we are here today,” Kim said after the summit.
Trump declares #TrumpKimSummit a historic success that will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea, even as critics point out that a statement signed with Chairman Kim Jong Un lacked specifics. https://t.co/4VAYsf23Bz “We will have a terrific relationship” #TrumpKimMeeting pic.twitter.com/lo6QNeVmRF
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CNN posted a video of President Trump’s claims that the summit couldn’t have happened without Otto Warmier’s death.
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President Trump was scheduled to head back to the United States Tuesday afternoon.
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