⚫ Trump said that North Korea has the potential to be a great place. He says he and Kim have spent “intensive hours together”. He thanked Singapore for hosting the summit and pays tribute to the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan. He thanked Kim for taking a bold step for his people. It proves that real change is possible, he says. Trump said: “The meeting was honest, direct and productive. Adversaries can indeed become friends. There is no limit to what North Korea can achieve when it gives up nuclear weapons and embraces commerce.”
⚫ Trump embellished the agreement by claiming Kim gave his “unwavering commitment” to denuclearization. He said that Kim agreed verbally to destroying North Korea’s “major missile engine testing site”. “Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people,” Trump said.
⚫ Trump said that he trusts Kim and Kim trusts him. He also confirmed he had spoken on the phone to Kim before the summit.
⚫ Trump insisted that Kim is “very talented” despite North Korea’s human rights record. *Otto Warmbier did not die in vain*, Trump said. “Without Otto, this wouldn’t happen. Something happened that day,” he said. Trump claimed the agreement will help the US save a lot of money.
⚫ US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, claimed that *officials are already working on the all-important detail of the commitments*.
⚫ Asked about the lack of a commitment to verifying denuclearisation, Trump says it will be achieved by “having a lot of people there”. He adds “it will be verified” claiming that this will be done be both Koreans and international observers. Trump also appears to commit to stopping US-Korea military exercises. “I’d like to bring them home, but that’s not part of the equation right now. But we will be stopping the war games.”
⚫ Asked about prisoners of war and human rights, Trump says human rights was discussed. “They will be doing things. He wants to do the right thing,” Trump says. He adds that Kim is a smart negotiator. Kim is “much different” leader.