In a historic first, delegation level talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
The world’s two of the most powerful leaders held a brief one-on-one meeting at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa Island before beginning with their delegation level talks.
Speaking after the one-on-one meet, US president Trump said that both the nations have a terrific relationship ahead and this historic summit would be successful.
Kim said “it has not been easy to get here” and that “the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles, but we have overcome them and we are here today.”
The bilateral summit is aimed at normalising ties and resolve seven decades of hostilities between the world’s largest nuclear power and the largely isolated, North Korean state.
The summit aims to kickstart a process that would lead to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
This is the first time that a sitting US president has met a North Korean leader in the last 60 years.
The meet follows decades of hostility, which worsened recently following North Korea’s nuclear missile tests that brought America within striking range.
The exchange of threats between the two leaders had led the world to fear the possibility of a nuclear war.
Key Highlights of the Summit
• The world leaders began their historic summit with a one-on-one talk that lasted about 40 minutes, then moved into expanded bilateral discussions with their top officials.
• The bilateral discussions were then followed by a working lunch, at the conclusion of which Trump said that he and the North Korean leader were on their way to a signing but did not say what was to be signed.
• Trump said that the talks with Kim Jong-un have been better than anybody could imagine.
Trump, Kim sign historic document
• The US and North Korean leaders signed an agreement after historic talks.
• Trump said we’re signing a “very important document, a pretty comprehensive document.
• Kim said “we had a historic meeting, we decided to leave the past behind.”
• Summing up the day’s talks, Trump said, “we had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and our countries,” said Trump. Speaking about Kim Trump said “I learned he’s a very talented man and I also learned he loves his country very much.
• Trump also invited the North Korean leader to the White House and said that they will meet many times.
Summit cancelled, then revived
• US President Donald Trump had cancelled the historic Singapore Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 24, 2018, accusing North Korea of tremendous anger and open hostility.
• The decision was reportedly taken after North Korean officials engaged in the use of sharp words against top US officials.
• North Korea too had threatened to pull out of the Singapore summit following the US-South Korean military exercises.
• In fact, the nation had cancelled its planned meeting with South Korea early in May.
• However, upon the announcement of cancellation, the North Korean leaders reverted saying that they were ready to meet anytime and anywhere.
• On May 25, 2018, Trump announced that he was open to hold the Singapore Summit with Kim Jong Un, following which the lines of communication between the United States and North Korea regarding reinstating the June 12 summit, reopened.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has played a crucial role in setting up the diplomatic developments between the US and North Korea.
Moon has often acted as a mediator between the US and North Korea, championing the beginning of talks between the two.
He also played a significant role in the revival of the talks, after they were called off by the US.
China’s reaction to the historic Trump-Kim Summit
China has praised the summit as historic and called for “full denuclearisation” to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Speaking on the development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the fact that the two leaders “can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning and is creating a new history.”