Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit live: US president expects ‘terrific relationship’ with N Korean leaderlatest news updates

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit live: US president expects ‘terrific relationship’ with N Korean leaderlatest news updates

Donald Trump has unexpectedly vowed that the US will end their “very provocative war games” on the Korean peninsula, as he said America is “prepared to start a new history” with North Korea after holding a historic summit with Kim Jong-un.

Kim has reaffirmed his commitment to “complete denuclearisation” as he and Trump met for the first time after a year of exchanging warmongering threats and personal insults.

In a joint agreement, the North Korean leader and US President vowed to establish “new” relations between Washington and Pyongyang in a document signed by the pair in Singapore on Tuesday.

However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspections.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit live: US president expects 'terrific relationship' with North Korean leader (Reuters)

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un summit live: US president expects ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korean leader (Reuters)

In a sprawling, hour-long Press conference, Trump disclosed that Kim has agreed to destroy a “major missile testing site”.

Referring to his aspiration to bring back US troops from South Korea, he said: “I’d like to be able to bring them home… I’d like to be able to end the war games… I think it’s very provocative.” He added the US will save huge amounts of money by halting the “inappropriate” military exercises with South Korea.

Trump said “we are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations”, adding: “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

He also revealed that:

Kim has accepted his invitation to visit the White House “sometime in the future”

he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of the summit

any conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea, he believes

he will probably need another summit or meeting with Kim

After a working lunch concluded a morning of negotiations, the two leaders held a signing ceremony, with Trump calling it a “comprehensive” agreement.

Kim said “we are leaving the past behind us” as he pledged “the world will see a major change”.

Saying he had formed a “special bond” with Kim, the US president said he would be inviting his North Korean counterpart to the White House.

Asked earlier about the discussions, Trump said: “A really fantastic meetinga lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line.”

Before lunch, he hailed his “excellent” relationship with Kim and predicted the pair will “solve” the Korean Peninsula stand-off.

The US president said his one-on-one meeting with the North Korean leader, which lasted around 40 minutes, was “very good” and predicted “tremendous success”.

The comments came after the two leaders shared a 12-second handshake as they met for the first time in front of a dozen American and North Korean flags. Trump patted Kim on the arm and shared some words before the pair turned and posed for the cameras in Singapore.

Trump-Kim summit in pictures: Best photos from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting in Singapore

The body language was surprisingly warm, with the pair at times smiling and laughing as they walked along a collonade towards their meeting. Kim greeted his American counterpart with the words: “Nice to meet you President.”

Never before have a sitting North Korean and American leader met. The summit took place at the luxury Capella resort on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast.

Before their talkswhich they held alone except for interpretersboth men expressed optimism about the summit.

“I feel really great,” said Trump. “We are gonna have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful. It’s my honour. We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Kim said: “The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”

The sight of the two men sitting side-by-side encapsulated a remarkable turnaround in the pair’s relationship, given they were trading insults and threats last year.

Trump had said he would known within a minute if Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear arsenal and, when the pair emerged, Trump was pleased.

Asked how the talks went, Trump said from a balcony: “Very good. Very, very good. Excellent relationship.” Kim stood next to him, but did not respond when repeatedly asked questions by reporters.

Stay with us for the latest updates and reaction throughout the day.

11:33AM

South Korea hails ‘huge step forward’but seeks ‘more clear understanding’ of Trump’s remarks

A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump’s comments about the drills.

He said: “It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world who long for peace,” paying his “high compliments for the courage and determination” of Kim and Trump.

Seoul’s presidential office said it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trump’s comments.

A spokesman said: “At this moment, the meaning and intention of President Trump’s remarks requires more clear understanding.”

11:12AM

Tim Stanley: Summit is triumph of charisma over state diplomacy

North Korea has made and broken promises before, so why wouldn’t it lie again? Because, Trump told a Press conference in Singapore, “you have a different administration. A different President. A different Secretary of State. We get it done.”

In Trump’s worldview, leadership is about character, and the bigger the character, the greater the possibilities, writes The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley. Click here to read more.

10:48AM

Trump now eager to ‘take it a little bit easy’

As he ended his lengthy Press conference, Trump congratulated reporters and said he is eager to “take it a little bit easy” now that the highly anticipated summit is over.

Trump said he “really believes” Kim is going to make good on his promise to denuclearise.

Trump joked that he “might stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’” But he said: “I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that.”

10:37AM

At-a-glance summary of Trump’s Press conference

If you didn’t manage to follow Donald Trump’s hour-long Press conference in its entirety, our US Editor, Ben Riley-Smith provides a handy summary here of the highlights.

10:16AM

Trump ‘will probably need another summit’ with Kim

Donald Trump’s Press conference has now been going for more than an hourand he says he is accepting his last few questions.

He just revealed that he believes he will “probably need another summit or meeting” with Kim.

Trump added that he “talked up” North Korea’s “real estate and beachside hotel opportunities” in Kim Jong Un meeting.

10:12AM

Conflict with North Korea ‘could lead to loss of tens of millions of lives’

Trump has revealed that he believes a conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea.

He said he did not want to be “threatening” to North Korea in his talks with Kim.

Asked why he had previously threatened North Korea with “fire and fury”, he said it was “appropriate” language at the time.

10:00AM

US ‘being taken advantage of’ by ‘virtually every country’ in G7

Trump says that the US is “being taken advantage of” by virtually every country in the G7. Britain is one of those countries.

Yesterday, it emerged that Trump had torn up a G7 agreement and lashed out at his allies as part of a demonstration of strength as he flew into Singapore.

9:52AM

Trump halted 300 new ‘disrespectful’ sanctions on North Korea

Trump said he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of his meeting with Kim Jong-un.

9:50AM

Ben Riley-Smith: Ending war games is ‘remarkable’

By pledging that America will end its “very provocative” war games with South Korea, Trump is publicly attacking his own administration’s policy for the last 18 months, says US Editor Ben Riley-Smith, adding that the move is “remarkable”.

9:42AM

Trump refuses to spell out timetable for denuclearisation

Asked how long it will take for Kim to complete denuclearisation, Trump refused to spell out a timetable.

He said “it takes a long time scientifically” to do so, adding that once the process of denuclearisation has started, “it’s pretty much over”.

9:38AM

Kim Jong-un accepts invitation to visit White House

Trump has said that Kim Jong-un has accepted his invitation to visit the White House “sometime in the future”.

He added that he discussed human rights with the North Korean leader and will hold more conversations on that in the future.

9:28AM

Trump vows to ‘end the war games’ on Korean peninsula

Trump has vowed that the US will “end the war games” on the Korean peninsula.

He said he would like to bring US troops back from South Korea one day, but adds this is not on the table yet.

Trump said: “I’d like to be able to bring them home… I’d like to be able to end the war games… I think it’s very provocative.” He added that war games are “tremendously expensive”.

Asked if he trusts Kim, Trump said: “I do.”

9:26AM

Trump: Kim has agreed to destroy ‘major missile testing site’

Trump says Kim Jong-un has agreed to destroy a “major missile testing site”, but does not offer further details.

9:21AM

‘We are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations’

Trump said that Kim has taken a “bold step towards a bright new future for his people”.

Describing the talks as “unprecedented”, he said: “This proves that real change is indeed possible.”

He said: “My meting was honest, direct and productive. We got to know each other well… under very strong, strong circumstances

“We are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations.”

He added: “The past does not have to define the future… adversaries can become friends.”

He said there is “no limit to what North Korea” can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons.

Trump added: “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

Trump talks up the end of the Korean War, saying: “Now we can all have hope that it will soon end”.

9:17AM

Trump begins talking: ‘I stand before you to deliver a message of hope and vision’

As he begins his Press conference, Trump says: “It’s my honour today to address the people of the world following this historic summit.

“We’ve spent many intensive hours together and I think most have you have gotten the signed document… it’s very comprehensive, it’s going to happen.

“I stand before you to deliver a message of hope and vision.”

9:09AM

Key questions unanswered by Trump-Kim document

As we expect the Trump Press conference to start in a few minutes, US Editor Ben Riley-Smith poses the key questions that remain unanswered by the Trump-Kim document:

What security reassurances have exactly been given?

Was the issue of US troops leaving S Korean discussed?

What is the process for denuclearisation?

What does denuclearisation actually mean?

9:05AM

Mike Pompeo speaks to South Korean counterparts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts after President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo tweeted shortly after the summit ended Tuesday that he’d telephoned South Korean Foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign minister Taro Kono. The State Department released a photograph of Pompeo on the phone.

Pompeo says on Twitter he provided the diplomats with “a brief readout of today’s meeting” between Trump and Kim.

8:47AM

The stage is set: Donald Trump Press conference due to begin shortly

All eyes are on this stage in Singapore as Donald Trump prepares to begin a Press conference. We are expecting him to address the mediaand the worldin the next few minutes.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is reported to have already left Singapore’s Sentosa island to return to North Korea.

8:36AM

China suggests sanctions reduction could be considered for North Korea

China’s Foreign Ministry has said that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea, after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed the deal. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at daily news briefing in Beijing.

8:15AM

Analysis: Tim Stanley on what has been agreed

We’re about two thirds of the way through the day’s events: the leaders have met, had lunch and signed a communique. Now we await Donald Trump’s Press conference, at which he will debrief us: what was actually agreed?

In fact, we already know, because the President kindly held up the communique for the cameras after he signed it.

Trump’s signature on the left always looks like it’s been faxed over by a madman and it was scrawled in gold on the pens used by the two leaders, although, in an odd twist, a North Korean apparatchik replaced Kim’s at the last minute, presumably to avoid assassination by poison pen.

What has been agreed? The two countries say they will continue talking, a process that hinges on this quid pro quo: the US has “committed to provide security guarantees” in exchange for “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsular.”

Reaction is mixed. Some say this isn’t much different from earlier communiques and that it’s missing the kind of language about verification that would make it truly tough. The difference between this and the agreements struck in the Nineties, of course, is the immediate presence of both leaders. Kim and Trump are personally involved, staking their reputations on the success of this agreement.

One final thought: there is no language about human rights. That’s not the subject of this summit, it’s true, but the classic conservative objection to North Korea is not just about arms control. It’s about the regime’s subjugation of its citizens.

8:05AM

Full statement signed by two leaders

Here is the full text of the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un around an hour ago:

Joint Statement of President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chair Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of a new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognising that the mutual confidence-building can promote the denuclearisation of the Korean Prenisinulsa, President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un start the following:

The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two counties for peace and prosperity

The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula

Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK simmitthe first in historywas an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two counties and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un commit to carry out the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expediently. The US and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to carry out the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

June 12, 2018

Sentosa Island

7:51AM

After the talks… more talks

The joint document also says that US Secretary of State Pompeo and a senior North Korean official will hold follow-up talks as soon as possible.

7:40AM

What the leaders have signed

The White House has yet to release the document’s text. But it was photographed by the news media during a signing ceremony.

It shows the North Korean leader has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”which is jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspectionsbut did restate the vaguer commitment.

The document lays out four broad commitments. It says the sides “commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”

And it says they will commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

7:31AM

Kim commits to ‘complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula’

Kim Jong-un has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in the joint text signed by him and Donald Trump, according to the AFP news agency. We are expecting to see the document in full in the next couple of hours.

7:16AM

‘The world will see a major change’ Trump and Kim’s comments from signing ceremony

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a “comprehensive” and “important” document, although there are still no details of what they have actually agreed to, reports Nicola Smith.

The two leaders signed the leather-bound documents with flourish in a post-lunch ceremony, shaking hands twice while smiling and thanking each other.

“We’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document, we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship,” said Trump. “We’re both very honoured to sign the document.”

Kim was less talkative, appearing to allow Trump to take the lead. However, speaking through an interpreter, he called the document “historic.”

He added: “The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.”

The US president said the contents of the agreement would be revealed at a press conference later today. He refused to answer a question from a small pool of journalists in the room about whether the North Koreans had signed up to full denuclearisation.

When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House he said he “absolutely would”.

6:49AM

China ‘welcomes and supports talks’

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said China “welcomes and supports talks” between the leaders of North Korea and the US, China Correspondent Neil Connor reports from Beijing.

Wang said “peaceful dialogue is the only right way to resolve the peninsula issue, and China will continue to play a unique and important role in it,” Chinese media reported.

The comments were made just moments before the signing ceremony.

6:46AM

Kim will be invited to White House

Trump concludes the signing ceremony by saying he will invite Kim to the White House.

6:45AM

‘A very special bond’

Trump says “we have developed a very special bond” and thanks “Chair Kim”. He said it worked out better for both of them than anyone had predicted.

6:43AM

Kim: We are leaving the past behind

Kim says “we are leaving the past behind” and thanks Trump for making the summit happen.

The US president says they are starting the process of denuclearisation very quickly, but will not go into details of the letter.

6:40AM

Leaders arrive for signing

And here come Kim and Trump, who calls it an “important and comprehensive” document.

6:23AM

Preparations under way for signing

A room is being prepared for an official signing ceremony, which appears to be imminent.

6:17AM

Document will ‘pledge to keep momentum alive’

CNN is reporting that a ‘signing’ referenced by Trump will be a document from US and North Korea to acknowledge progress and a pledge to keep momentum alive. A US official declines to get ahead of president with hard specifics.

6:03AM

Trump’s stroll with Kim

The leaders are progressing to a signing ceremony shortly but nobody knows what they are signing yet, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

Trump and Kim took a short and awkward stroll after lunch, along a path next to the hotel. Their conversation looked stilted and was inaudible but at some point Trump appeared to be pointing to the plants in the garden while making comments to Kim.

He also showed Kim the interior of the presidential limousine.

Although they had the language barrier to contend with, there were no signs of the natural warmth that seemed to exist between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in from the first moment they met in April. Speaking to reporters waiting at the end of the path, Trump said that lots of progress had been made.

5:49AM

Trump and Kim seen walking together alone

This is typical Trump, bringing some theatrics to proceedings. It is still not known what they will be signingor when.

5:43AM

‘We are going right now for a signing’

There is nothing on the schedule between lunch and a press conference at 4pmhowever Trump has told reporters that “we are going right now for a signing”.

According to CNN, he said: “A really fantastic meetinga lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected Top of the line.”

5:35AM

Trump cracks a joke before lunch

President Donald Trump joked about his appearance as he prepared to sit down to lunch with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Trump said to photographers at Tuesday’s summit in Singapore: “Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.”

A video feed provided by the summit host showed Trump, Kim and their aides taking their places at a long table.

Trump took his spot in the middle of the table, and Kim opposite him.

5:31AM

Kim is ‘winning the summit’

Filing from Singapore, the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley believes Kim Jong-un is “winning the summit” so far.

It’s true that Donald Trump has secured a number of concessions from North Korea in exchange for political engagement: Hostage releases and a pledge to suspend the nuclear programme. But diplomacy is a propaganda war, and Kim has proven to be sophisticated at manipulating opinion.

5:09AM

Sides sit down for working lunch

The US and North Korean teams have broken for lunch, which is an elaborate fusion of western and Korean delicacies, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

A total of 15 people are sitting round the table at the Capella Hotel. Besides the negotiating teams currently thrashing out the details of a possible denuclearisation team, Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, has been invited to the lunch, as has White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

On the US side, two of the officials involved in intricate back channel negotiations in the run up to the summit Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, and Matthew Pottinger, deputy assistant to the President for Asian affairs, will be present. North Korea’s participants will include No Kwang Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Choe Son Hui, the vice-minister of foreign affairs and Han Kwang Sang, the director of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Lunch will begin with a conventional western starter of prawn cocktail and avocado salad, followed by some flavours of Asia in the form of green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and fresh octopus, and “Oiseon”, a Korean stuff cucumber.

The main course will also strike a balance between Korean and Western tastes.

The diners will be treated to beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steamed broccolini, red wine sauce on the side.

Also on the menu is a combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce.

And, perhaps to cater to Kim’s palate, chefs have prepared “Daegu jorim”, a soy braised cod fish with radish and Asian vegetables.

If the participants still have space for dessert, dark chocolate tartlet ganache is on offer and, in a boost for Haagen Dazs’ global brand, their vanilla ice cream will be drizzled with cheery coulis.

4:33AM

The menu for the working lunch

The sides will be breaking for lunch in a short whileand Trump won’t be able to have his usual burger.

4:15AM

China baffled by Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’

Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a “Chinese proverb” Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

China’s internet quickly lit up, puzzled rather than flattered by the reference.

“Our editor really can’t think of exactly which proverb this is. Please help!” the news channel for Sinathe company behind Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like platformwrote on its official social media account.

In thousands of comments on Weibo, users proferred scores of different suggestions without arriving at a consensus.

Some suggested the proverb “the foolish old man removed mountains”a common phrase used to signify perseverance. It refers to a fable about a man who persisted in his attempt to level a mountain he found inconvenient by dogged digging.

Her mysterious proverb was panned on Weibo.

“She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express,” one user wrote.

4:11AM

The view from North Korea

North Koreans, meanwhile, are yet to find out what’s happened today.

4:09AM

The view from South Korea

President Trump had a last minute phone call with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, on the eve of the summit, Nicola Smith reports.

On Tuesday morning President Moon expressed hope for the summit’s success, which he said would open a new era of a peaceful, nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, and admitted he had had a sleepless night, reported the Yonhap News agency.

“I guess the attention of all our people must currently be directed toward Singapore,” he said, after watching the live broadcast of the opening of the meeting.

Moon and his Cabinet delayed their weekly meeting for more than 10 minutes to watch the historic handshake.

“I too spent a sleepless night. I, along with all our people, sincerely hope that it will be a successful summit that will open a new era of complete denuclearisation, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States,” Moon said, according to presidential office pool reports.

Earlier this week, Moon attempted to manage expectations for the unprecedented meeting.

He stressed that the success of the US-North Korea summit would only be the start of a “long process” to completely denuclearise the North and establish lasting peace between North and South, two countries technically at war since the Korean War of 1950-53 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

“The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue cannot be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders,” Moon told his top aides on Monday.

“Even after the two leaders open the dialogue, we will need a long process that may take one year, two years or even longer to completely resolve the issues.”

Although South Korea does not have a seat at the table today, the South Korean public are waiting eagerly to hear the outcome.

Trending words on South Korean social media right now include “peace declaration”, “meeting of the century”, “The North Korean flag and star spangled banner”

3:55AM

‘Like a science fiction movie’

CNN’s Jim Acosta says Kim Jong-un was caught on tape remarking that this was like “a science fiction movie”.

3:51AM

The meetingin pictures

Some more remarkable pictures are emerging from the summit. And just to remind you, all this is happening about 220 miles from where Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinatedallegedly at the behest of the North Korean leader.

3:33AM

Rodman: ‘Obama didn’t even give me the time of day’

Rob Crilly has filed on Dennis Rodman’s unusual appearance on CNN.

The former basketball star broke down on live television as he described his feelings of vindication at the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

His appearance also raised eyebrows among some North Korea experts.

3:25AM

Snap analysis

The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley gives his initial verdict on what we’ve seen so far.

3:16AM

Who’s at the table

The two delegations are now getting down to the serious business of resolving the problem of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

Four men from each delegation are currently sitting on opposite sides of an imposing polished wooden table.

In Team Trump, we have Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, John Bolton, the national security advisor and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff.

Team Kim includes Ri Su Yong, a top foreign affairs official, Kim Yong Chol, the former spy chief, and Ri Yong Ho the foreign minister. No sign of Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who sat next to him during his talks with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president in April.

The female interpreter is also in the room.

3:12AM

‘We will solve it’

After the meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump said that by “working together, we will get it taken care of”.

“We will solve it,” he added ahead of the expanded bilateral meeting.

3:07AM

The anatomy of a leader

So great has been the scrutiny of this summit, one South Korean paper has apparently analysed the body of Kim Jong-un.

3:00AM

One-to-one meeting has ended

The two leaders have finished their one-to-one, with the US president saying it was “very, very good”. He added that they have an “excellent relationship”.

John Kelly, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton will now join them for an expanded bilateral meeting.

2:42AM

Dennis Rodman gets emotional on CNN

The former basketball star got tearful as he spoke on CNN about his meetings with Kim Jong-un.

2:38AM

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Donald Trump has unexpectedly vowed that the US will end their “very provocative war games” on the Korean peninsula, as he said America is “prepared to start a new history” with North Korea after holding a historic summit with Kim Jong-un.

Kim has reaffirmed his commitment to “complete denuclearisation” as he and Trump met for the first time after a year of exchanging warmongering threats and personal insults.

In a joint agreement, the North Korean leader and US President vowed to establish “new” relations between Washington and Pyongyang in a document signed by the pair in Singapore on Tuesday.

Video: Key moments from Trump’s Press conference

However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspections.

In a sprawling, hour-long Press conference, Trump disclosed that Kim has agreed to destroy a “major missile testing site”.

Referring to his aspiration to bring back US troops from South Korea, he said: “I’d like to be able to bring them home… I’d like to be able to end the war games… I think it’s very provocative.” He added the US will save huge amounts of money by halting the “inappropriate” military exercises with South Korea.

Trump said “we are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations”, adding: “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

He also revealed that:

Kim has accepted his invitation to visit the White House “sometime in the future”

he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of the summit

any conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea, he believes

he will probably need another summit or meeting with Kim

After a working lunch concluded a morning of negotiations, the two leaders held a signing ceremony, with Trump calling it a “comprehensive” agreement.

Kim said “we are leaving the past behind us” as he pledged “the world will see a major change”.

Saying he had formed a “special bond” with Kim, the US president said he would be inviting his North Korean counterpart to the White House.

Asked earlier about the discussions, Trump said: “A really fantastic meetinga lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line.”

Before lunch, he hailed his “excellent” relationship with Kim and predicted the pair will “solve” the Korean Peninsula stand-off.

The US president said his one-on-one meeting with the North Korean leader, which lasted around 40 minutes, was “very good” and predicted “tremendous success”.

The comments came after the two leaders shared a 12-second handshake as they met for the first time in front of a dozen American and North Korean flags. Trump patted Kim on the arm and shared some words before the pair turned and posed for the cameras in Singapore.

The body language was surprisingly warm, with the pair at times smiling and laughing as they walked along a collonade towards their meeting. Kim greeted his American counterpart with the words: “Nice to meet you President.”

Never before have a sitting North Korean and American leader met. The summit took place at the luxury Capella resort on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast.

Before their talkswhich they held alone except for interpretersboth men expressed optimism about the summit.

“I feel really great,” said Trump. “We are gonna have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful. It’s my honour. We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Kim said: “The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”

The sight of the two men sitting side-by-side encapsulated a remarkable turnaround in the pair’s relationship, given they were trading insults and threats last year.

Trump had said he would known within a minute if Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear arsenal and, when the pair emerged, Trump was pleased.

Asked how the talks went, Trump said from a balcony: “Very good. Very, very good. Excellent relationship.” Kim stood next to him, but did not respond when repeatedly asked questions by reporters.

12:26PM

Theresa May: North Korea has finally heeded the message

Prime minister Theresa May has hailed the North Korea summit as an “important step for the region”.

Her official spokesman said that Kim Yong-un’s commitment to denuclearistation is a “signal they have finally heeded the message”.

12:16PM

EU hails Trump-Kim talks as ‘crucial and necessary step’

The EU has praised the summit as a “crucial and necessary step”, saying it indicated “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula could be achieved.

“This summit was a crucial and necessary step to build upon the positive developments achieved in inter-Korean relations and on the peninsula so far,” the EU’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

12:10PM

UN nuclear watchdog ‘ready to help’ North Korea denuclearisation

The UN nuclear watchdog has welcomed the joint statement of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and said it was prepared to undertake verification activities.

After Trump and Kim pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation, director general Yukiya Amano said in a statement: “The International Atomic Energy Agency stands ready to undertake any verification activities in the DPRK (North Korea) that it may be requested to conduct by the countries concerned, subject to authorisation by the IAEA’s Board of Governors.”

11:55AM

US forces have had ‘no updated guidance’ on ‘war games’ with South Korea

The US Forces Korea said it had received “no updated guidance” yet related to the regular so-called “war games” exercises with South Korea that President Donald Trump said he will stop, reports Asia Correspondent Nicola Smith.

“The USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercise to include this fall’s scheduled Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” it said in response to a question from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise is the world’s largest annual computerised command and control drill, normally taking place in August or September. In 2017 some 50,000 South Korean soldiers took part, alongside 17,500 US troops.

“In coordination with our ROK (South Korean) partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defence (DOD) and/or Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM),” the statement added.

11:49AM

Mission accomplished: Trump leaves Singapore, saying ‘there’s nothing more we could have done’

Trump is pictured here boarding Air Force One as he prepares to depart Singapore.

He told reporters he is leaving early because “there was nothing more we could have done”.

Meanwhile, Trump has done a television interview with Fox News in which he says the denuclearisation process is “really moving rapidly”.

11:33AM

South Korea hails ‘huge step forward’but seeks ‘more clear understanding’ of Trump’s remarks

A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump’s comments about the drills.

He said: “It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world who long for peace,” paying his “high compliments for the courage and determination” of Kim and Trump.

I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit. This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey.

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Seoul’s presidential office said it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trump’s comments.

A spokesman said: “At this moment, the meaning and intention of President Trump’s remarks requires more clear understanding.”

11:12AM

Tim Stanley: Summit is triumph of charisma over state diplomacy

North Korea has made and broken promises before, so why wouldn’t it lie again? Because, Trump told a Press conference in Singapore, “you have a different administration. A different President. A different Secretary of State. We get it done.”

In Trump’s worldview, leadership is about character, and the bigger the character, the greater the possibilities, writes The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley. Click here to read more.

10:48AM

Trump now eager to ‘take it a little bit easy’

As he ended his lengthy Press conference, Trump congratulated reporters and said he is eager to “take it a little bit easy” now that the highly anticipated summit is over.

Trump said he “really believes” Kim is going to make good on his promise to denuclearise.

Trump joked that he “might stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’” But he said: “I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that.”

10:37AM

At-a-glance summary of Trump’s Press conference

If you didn’t manage to follow Donald Trump’s hour-long Press conference in its entirety, our US Editor, Ben Riley-Smith provides a handy summary here of the highlights.

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10:16AM

Trump ‘will probably need another summit’ with Kim

Donald Trump’s Press conference has now been going for more than an hourand he says he is accepting his last few questions.

He just revealed that he believes he will “probably need another summit or meeting” with Kim.

Trump added that he “talked up” North Korea’s “real estate and beachside hotel opportunities” in Kim Jong Un meeting.

10:12AM

Conflict with North Korea ‘could lead to loss of tens of millions of lives’

Trump has revealed that he believes a conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea.

He said he did not want to be “threatening” to North Korea in his talks with Kim.

Asked why he had previously threatened North Korea with “fire and fury”, he said it was “appropriate” language at the time.

10:00AM

US ‘being taken advantage of’ by ‘virtually every country’ in G7

Trump says that the US is “being taken advantage of” by virtually every country in the G7. Britain is one of those countries.

Yesterday, it emerged that Trump had torn up a G7 agreement and lashed out at his allies as part of a demonstration of strength as he flew into Singapore.

9:52AM

Trump halted 300 new ‘disrespectful’ sanctions on North Korea

Trump said he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of his meeting with Kim Jong-un.

9:50AM

Ben Riley-Smith: Ending war games is ‘remarkable’

By pledging that America will end its “very provocative” war games with South Korea, Trump is publicly attacking his own administration’s policy for the last 18 months, says US Editor Ben Riley-Smith, adding that the move is “remarkable”.

Trump says America’s war games with South Korea are “very provocative” and “tremendously expensive”. He is publicly attacking his own administration’s policy for the last 18 months. Remarkable.

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9:42AM

Trump refuses to spell out timetable for denuclearisation

Asked how long it will take for Kim to complete denuclearisation, Trump refused to spell out a timetable.

He said “it takes a long time scientifically” to do so, adding that once the process of denuclearisation has started, “it’s pretty much over”.

9:38AM

Kim Jong-un accepts invitation to visit White House

Trump has said that Kim Jong-un has accepted his invitation to visit the White House “sometime in the future”.

He added that he discussed human rights with the North Korean leader and will hold more conversations on that in the future.

9:28AM

Trump vows to ‘end the war games’ on Korean peninsula

Trump has vowed that the US will “end the war games” on the Korean peninsula.

He said he would like to bring US troops back from South Korea one day, but adds this is not on the table yet.

US President Donald Trump answers questions about the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during a press conferenceCredit: Susan Walsh/APView photos

Trump said: “I’d like to be able to bring them home… I’d like to be able to end the war games… I think it’s very provocative.” He added that war games are “tremendously expensive”.

Asked if he trusts Kim, Trump said: “I do.”

9:26AM

Trump: Kim has agreed to destroy ‘major missile testing site’

Trump says Kim Jong-un has agreed to destroy a “major missile testing site”, but does not offer further details.

9:21AM

‘We are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations’

Trump said that Kim has taken a “bold step towards a bright new future for his people”.

Describing the talks as “unprecedented”, he said: “This proves that real change is indeed possible.”

He said: “My meting was honest, direct and productive. We got to know each other well… under very strong, strong circumstances

“We are ready to start a new history, to begin a new chapter between our nations.”

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He added: “The past does not have to define the future… adversaries can become friends.”

He said there is “no limit to what North Korea” can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons.

Trump added: “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”

Trump talks up the end of the Korean War, saying: “Now we can all have hope that it will soon end”.

9:17AM

Trump begins talking: ‘I stand before you to deliver a message of hope and vision’

As he begins his Press conference, Trump says: “It’s my honour today to address the people of the world following this historic summit.

“We’ve spent many intensive hours together and I think most have you have gotten the signed document… it’s very comprehensive, it’s going to happen.

“I stand before you to deliver a message of hope and vision.”

9:09AM

Key questions unanswered by Trump-Kim document

As we expect the Trump Press conference to start in a few minutes, US Editor Ben Riley-Smith poses the key questions that remain unanswered by the Trump-Kim document:

What security reassurances have exactly been given?

Was the issue of US troops leaving S Korean discussed?

What is the process for denuclearisation?

What does denuclearisation actually mean?

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9:05AM

Mike Pompeo speaks to South Korean counterparts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts after President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo tweeted shortly after the summit ended Tuesday that he’d telephoned South Korean Foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign minister Taro Kono. The State Department released a photograph of Pompeo on the phone.

Just spoke with FM Kono & FM Kang to provide a brief readout of today’s meeting btw @POTUS & Chair Kim at #singaporesummit

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Pompeo says on Twitter he provided the diplomats with “a brief readout of today’s meeting” between Trump and Kim.

8:47AM

The stage is set: Donald Trump Press conference due to begin shortly

All eyes are on this stage in Singapore as Donald Trump prepares to begin a Press conference. We are expecting him to address the mediaand the worldin the next few minutes.

Stage is set for Trump. Press conference due in an hour. #TrumpKimSummit

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Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is reported to have already left Singapore’s Sentosa island to return to North Korea.

8:36AM

China suggests sanctions reduction could be considered for North Korea

China’s Foreign Ministry has said that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea, after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed the deal. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at daily news briefing in Beijing.

8:15AM

Analysis: Tim Stanley on what has been agreed

We’re about two thirds of the way through the day’s events: the leaders have met, had lunch and signed a communique. Now we await Donald Trump’s Press conference, at which he will debrief us: what was actually agreed?

In fact, we already know, because the President kindly held up the communique for the cameras after he signed it.

Trump’s signature on the left always looks like it’s been faxed over by a madman and it was scrawled in gold on the pens used by the two leaders, although, in an odd twist, a North Korean apparatchik replaced Kim’s at the last minute, presumably to avoid assassination by poison pen.

Anyone else spot this? There were two “Donald Trump” signing pens, NK official came in and shined up the one for Kim, then at the last minute Kim Yo Jong pulled out her own per to use instead of the one provided. Kim used that and back it went in her blazer. (Pool video)

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What has been agreed? The two countries say they will continue talking, a process that hinges on this quid pro quo: the US has “committed to provide security guarantees” in exchange for “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsular.”

Reaction is mixed. Some say this isn’t much different from earlier communiques and that it’s missing the kind of language about verification that would make it truly tough. The difference between this and the agreements struck in the Nineties, of course, is the immediate presence of both leaders. Kim and Trump are personally involved, staking their reputations on the success of this agreement.

One final thought: there is no language about human rights. That’s not the subject of this summit, it’s true, but the classic conservative objection to North Korea is not just about arms control. It’s about the regime’s subjugation of its citizens.

8:05AM

Full statement signed by two leaders

Here is the full text of the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un around an hour ago:

Joint Statement of President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chair Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of a new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognising that the mutual confidence-building can promote the denuclearisation of the Korean Prenisinulsa, President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un start the following:

The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two counties for peace and prosperity

The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula

Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK simmitthe first in historywas an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two counties and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chair Kim Jong-un commit to carry out the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expediently. The US and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to carry out the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chair Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

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The joint document also says that US Secretary of State Pompeo and a senior North Korean official will hold follow-up talks as soon as possible.

7:40AM

What the leaders have signed

The White House has yet to release the document’s text. But it was photographed by the news media during a signing ceremony.

It shows the North Korean leader has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”which is jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspectionsbut did restate the vaguer commitment.

The document lays out four broad commitments. It says the sides “commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”

And it says they will commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

7:31AM

Kim commits to ‘complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula’

Kim Jong-un has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in the joint text signed by him and Donald Trump, according to the AFP news agency. We are expecting to see the document in full in the next couple of hours.

7:16AM

‘The world will see a major change’ Trump and Kim’s comments from signing ceremony

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a “comprehensive” and “important” document, although there are still no details of what they have actually agreed to, reports Nicola Smith.

The two leaders signed the leather-bound documents with flourish in a post-lunch ceremony, shaking hands twice while smiling and thanking each other.

“We’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document, we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship,” said Trump. “We’re both very honoured to sign the document.”

Kim was less talkative, appearing to allow Trump to take the lead. However, speaking through an interpreter, he called the document “historic.”

He added: “The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.”

The US president said the contents of the agreement would be revealed at a press conference later today. He refused to answer a question from a small pool of journalists in the room about whether the North Koreans had signed up to full denuclearisation.

When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House he said he “absolutely would”.

6:49AM

China ‘welcomes and supports talks’

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said China “welcomes and supports talks” between the leaders of North Korea and the US, China Correspondent Neil Connor reports from Beijing.

Wang said “peaceful dialogue is the only right way to resolve the peninsula issue, and China will continue to play a unique and important role in it,” Chinese media reported.

The comments were made just moments before the signing ceremony.

“I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past,” President Trump says after signing unspecified document https://cbsn.ws/2sYWCKg

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6:46AM

Kim will be invited to White House

Trump concludes the signing ceremony by saying he will invite Kim to the White House.

6:45AM

‘A very special bond’

Trump says “we have developed a very special bond” and thanks “Chair Kim”. He said it worked out better for both of them than anyone had predicted.

6:43AM

Kim: We are leaving the past behind

Kim says “we are leaving the past behind” and thanks Trump for making the summit happen.

The US president says they are starting the process of denuclearisation very quickly, but will not go into details of the letter.

6:40AM

Leaders arrive for signing

And here come Kim and Trump, who calls it an “important and comprehensive” document.

6:23AM

Preparations under way for signing

A room is being prepared for an official signing ceremony, which appears to be imminent.

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6:17AM

Document will ‘pledge to keep momentum alive’

CNN is reporting that a ‘signing’ referenced by Trump will be a document from US and North Korea to acknowledge progress and a pledge to keep momentum alive. A US official declines to get ahead of president with hard specifics.

6:03AM

Trump’s stroll with Kim

The leaders are progressing to a signing ceremony shortly but nobody knows what they are signing yet, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

Trump and Kim took a short and awkward stroll after lunch, along a path next to the hotel. Their conversation looked stilted and was inaudible but at some point Trump appeared to be pointing to the plants in the garden while making comments to Kim.

He also showed Kim the interior of the presidential limousine.

Although they had the language barrier to contend with, there were no signs of the natural warmth that seemed to exist between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in from the first moment they met in April. Speaking to reporters waiting at the end of the path, Trump said that lots of progress had been made.

BREAKING: Trump emerges with Kim Jong Un from working lunch, says they are going to a “signing” momentarily but does not disclose what will be signed. https://cnb.cx/2y3FskB

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5:49AM

Trump and Kim seen walking together alone

This is typical Trump, bringing some theatrics to proceedings. It is still not known what they will be signingor when.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are going for a walk by themselves, no translators.

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5:43AM

‘We are going right now for a signing’

There is nothing on the schedule between lunch and a press conference at 4pmhowever Trump has told reporters that “we are going right now for a signing”.

According to CNN, he said: “A really fantastic meetinga lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected Top of the line.”

5:35AM

Trump cracks a joke before lunch

President Donald Trump joked about his appearance as he prepared to sit down to lunch with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Trump said to photographers at Tuesday’s summit in Singapore: “Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.”

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A video feed provided by the summit host showed Trump, Kim and their aides taking their places at a long table.

Trump took his spot in the middle of the table, and Kim opposite him.

5:31AM

Kim is ‘winning the summit’

Filing from Singapore, the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley believes Kim Jong-un is “winning the summit” so far.

It’s true that Donald Trump has secured a number of concessions from North Korea in exchange for political engagement: Hostage releases and a pledge to suspend the nuclear programme. But diplomacy is a propaganda war, and Kim has proven to be sophisticated at manipulating opinion.

It began before the meeting with Trump, when he left his hotel on Monday night to go for a waddle around Singapore. Kim was greeted with cheers; politicians asked for a selfie. Bearing in mind that he is a dictator with the power of life and death over millions (something he routinely exercises) this transformation into a happy tourist was remarkable and continued the next morning when he met Trump, the two men smiling and apparently at ease with one another. They shook hands standing in front of a row of flags, alternately American and North Korean.

5:09AM

Sides sit down for working lunch

The US and North Korean teams have broken for lunch, which is an elaborate fusion of western and Korean delicacies, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

A total of 15 people are sitting round the table at the Capella Hotel. Besides the negotiating teams currently thrashing out the details of a possible denuclearisation team, Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, has been invited to the lunch, as has White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

On the US side, two of the officials involved in intricate back channel negotiations in the run up to the summit Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, and Matthew Pottinger, deputy assistant to the President for Asian affairs, will be present. US and NK delegations take their seats for working lunch at Summit. Pres Trump calls Kim Jong-un, Chair. His titles include Chair of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chair of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK.

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North Korea’s participants will include No Kwang Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Choe Son Hui, the vice-minister of foreign affairs and Han Kwang Sang, the director of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Lunch will begin with a conventional western starter of prawn cocktail and avocado salad, followed by some flavours of Asia in the form of green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and fresh octopus, and “Oiseon”, a Korean stuff cucumber.

The main course will also strike a balance between Korean and Western tastes.

The diners will be treated to beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steamed broccolini, red wine sauce on the side.

Also on the menu is a combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce.

And, perhaps to cater to Kim’s palate, chefs have prepared “Daegu jorim”, a soy braised cod fish with radish and Asian vegetables.

If the participants still have space for dessert, dark chocolate tartlet ganache is on offer and, in a boost for Haagen Dazs’ global brand, their vanilla ice cream will be drizzled with cheery coulis.

4:33AM

The menu for the working lunch

The sides will be breaking for lunch in a short whileand Trump won’t be able to have his usual burger.

4:15AM

China baffled by Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’

Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a “Chinese proverb” Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

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“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb

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China’s internet quickly lit up, puzzled rather than flattered by the reference.

“Our editor really can’t think of exactly which proverb this is. Please help!” the news channel for Sinathe company behind Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like platformwrote on its official social media account.

In thousands of comments on Weibo, users proferred scores of different suggestions without arriving at a consensus.

Some suggested the proverb “the foolish old man removed mountains”a common phrase used to signify perseverance. It refers to a fable about a man who persisted in his attempt to level a mountain he found inconvenient by dogged digging.

Her mysterious proverb was panned on Weibo.

“She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express,” one user wrote.

4:11AM

The view from North Korea

North Koreans, meanwhile, are yet to find out what’s happened today.

In case you’re wondering, North Koreans haven’t seen any of this yet. State TV isn’t due on the air until 3pm.

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4:09AM

President Trump had a last minute phone call with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, on the eve of the summit, Nicola Smith reports.

On Tuesday morning President Moon expressed hope for the summit’s success, which he said would open a new era of a peaceful, nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, and admitted he had had a sleepless night, reported the Yonhap News agency.

“I guess the attention of all our people must currently be directed toward Singapore,” he said, after watching the live broadcast of the opening of the meeting.

South Korea’s president and prime minister together watched a live stream of the summit opening. You can see their reaction on their faces #TrumpKimSummit

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Moon and his Cabinet delayed their weekly meeting for more than 10 minutes to watch the historic handshake.

“I too spent a sleepless night. I, along with all our people, sincerely hope that it will be a successful summit that will open a new era of complete denuclearisation, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States,” Moon said, according to presidential office pool reports.

Earlier this week, Moon attempted to manage expectations for the unprecedented meeting.

He stressed that the success of the US-North Korea summit would only be the start of a “long process” to completely denuclearise the North and establish lasting peace between North and South, two countries technically at war since the Korean War of 1950-53 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

“The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue cannot be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders,” Moon told his top aides on Monday.

“Even after the two leaders open the dialogue, we will need a long process that may take one year, two years or even longer to completely resolve the issues.”

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Although South Korea does not have a seat at the table today, the South Korean public are waiting eagerly to hear the outcome.

Trending words on South Korean social media right now include “peace declaration”, “meeting of the century”, “The North Korean flag and star spangled banner”

3:55AM

‘Like a science fiction movie’

CNN’s Jim Acosta says Kim Jong-un was caught on tape remarking that this was like “a science fiction movie”.

3:51AM

The meetingin pictures

Some more remarkable pictures are emerging from the summit. And just to remind you, all this is happening about 220 miles from where Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinatedallegedly at the behest of the North Korean leader.

3:33AM

Rodman: ‘Obama didn’t even give me the time of day’

Rob Crilly has filed on Dennis Rodman’s unusual appearance on CNN.

The former basketball star broke down on live television as he described his feelings of vindication at the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

His appearance also raised eyebrows among some North Korea experts.

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3:25AM

Snap analysis

The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley gives his initial verdict on what we’ve seen so far.

3:16AM

Who’s at the table

The two delegations are now getting down to the serious business of resolving the problem of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore.

Four men from each delegation are currently sitting on opposite sides of an imposing polished wooden table.

In Team Trump, we have Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, John Bolton, the national security advisor and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff.

Team Kim includes Ri Su Yong, a top foreign affairs official, Kim Yong Chol, the former spy chief, and Ri Yong Ho the foreign minister. No sign of Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who sat next to him during his talks with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president in April.

The female interpreter is also in the room.

3:12AM

‘We will solve it’

After the meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump said that by “working together, we will get it taken care of”.

“We will solve it,” he added ahead of the expanded bilateral meeting.

3:07AM

The anatomy of a leader

So great has been the scrutiny of this summit, one South Korean paper has apparently analysed the body of Kim Jong-un.

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This happened… a South Korean paper analysed KJU’s bodily functions

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3:00AM

One-to-one meeting has ended

The two leaders have finished their one-to-one, with the US president saying it was “very, very good”. He added that they have an “excellent relationship”.

John Kelly, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton will now join them for an expanded bilateral meeting.

US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he sits down with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-unCredit: AFPView photos

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2:42AM

Dennis Rodman gets emotional on CNN

The former basketball star got tearful as he spoke on CNN about his meetings with Kim Jong-un.

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Dennis Rodman gets emotional as he describes what it was like when he visited North Korea and returned home: “Today’s a great day for everybody.”

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2:38AM

“Long, firm and historic’

The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley is in Singapore and has this on the handshake.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s handshake was long, firm and historic. Trump arrived at the Capella hotel on Sentosa island looking slightly pensive, fiddling with his jacket buttons; Kim appeared relaxed. When they met striding towards each other in front of a row of DPRK and USA flags one was one struck immediately by the height difference. Trump, towering above the North Korean, patted him on the back, asserting dominance in the way Western politicians and businesspeople have been trained to do. The handshake that astonishing, ground-breaking handshake lasted about 10 seconds. There was a fierce debate among my fellow reporters over which hands were bigger.

Next came the sit down for the cameras. Kim, leaning forward and smiling now, said it was “not easy to get here” and spoke of “overcoming” old prejudices. Trump legs spread apart, fingers forming a triangle said he agreed and reached out to offer another handshake. They clearly wanted to get down to business. This meeting represents a radical change in decades of policy, and yet it also seemed quite normal, even unpretentious. What comes of it we shall hopefully find out later.

2:18AM

Trump expects ‘great relationship’ with Kim

The pair gave a few comments before beginning talks.

Trump predicts he will have a “great relationship” with Kim Jong-un and expects the summit will be a great success.

Kim said they had overcome “all obstacles” to hold this summit. They then shook hands for a third time.

2:07AM

The moment

2:06AM

Trump and Kim greet each other

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met and shaken hands ahead of their summit.

Trump, who is 6 foot 3 inches, towered over Kim, who is around 5 foot 7 inches and close to 40 years younger than the US president.

2:02AM

And we’re set

2:00AM

More on Kudlow

Larry Kudlow, the chief White House economic adviser, suffered a heart attack and is being treated at a Washington area hospital, according to a tweet sent from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Kudlow made headlines after the G7 summit when he appeared on Sunday morning talks shows to deliver a blistering attack on Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister.

1:58AM

1:47AM

The scene is set

1:41AM

Trump tweets that aide has suffered heart attack

The US president has tweeted some news from the US, saying his chief economic adviser has suffered a heart attack.

1:38AM

Kim arrives

And now Kim Jong-un has arrived at the Capella Hotel.

We’re about 20 minutes away from that historic handshakea moment that Trump is known to use as a diplomatic power play.

1:25AM

Trump arrives

Mt Trump has arrived at the summit site on Singapore’s Sentosa Island for the historic meeting,

Kim Jong-un will be joining him shortly.

1:22AM

Kim Jong-un’s remarkable turnaround

Ben Riley-Smith, US editor, has this from Singapore:

Just for a moment, let us dwell on quite how remarkable this meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump really is today.

Last year, Kim was an international outcast. He was testing nuclear weapons with the hope of developing one that could hit mainland America.

The brutal assassination of his half-brother Kim Jong-nam, murdered with a nerve agent in early 2017, was likely at the behest of Kim himself.

His regime had dubbed Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard”someone who is senileand was in turn called “Little Rocket Man” by the US president.

The North Korean regime was the target of some of the hardest-hitting economic sanctions ever passed by the United Nations while Trump’s administration was debating the merits of a military attack.

And yet, in 35 minutes, Trump will meet alone with Kim, save for translators. No sitting US and North Korea leaders have ever met before.

Whether the talks will bring the breakthrough on denuclearisation that the Trump administration hopes is not at all clear

US media reports have suggested North Korean officials have pushed back on the demand and experts are suspicious of Kim’s Damascene conversion to peace.

But Kim has already won one achievementrecognition.

He has met the leaders of China and South Korea twice each this year, and imminently the US leader too. The heads of Russia, Japan and even Syria could be next.

An international pariah just six months ago, the North Korean leader is now meeting the world’s most powerful men. That will likely continue, whatever happens today.

1:16AM

Kim Jong-un leaves for summit

And now the North Korean leader has left his hotel, the St Regis, and his headed to the summit venue. There is about 45 minutes to go before it is due to start.

1:12AM

Trump tweeting in the car

Trump locked in and focused. Tweeting about domestic victories as he goes.

1:09AM

So what might happen today?

Professor Robert Kelly, (yes, that one), has outlined succinctly the possible outcomes today.

1:05AM

Trump departs for summit

Trump has left the Shangri-La Hotel and is heading for the summit venue at the Capella hotel on the island of Sentosa.

12:42AM

Who are the negotiators?

Here’s a quick who’s who of who will be facing off in the room today.

12:25AM

Trump to do interview after summit

Fox News says the US President will sit down with host Sean Hannity shortly after the summit.

The broadcaster says the interview will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore before the US president departs the city state in the evening.

The interview will air on Fox’s “Hannity” at 9 pm on Tuesday in the US2am BST.

Fox News says Trump will talk about the meeting with Kim and future relations between the two countries.

Hannity is a friend and confidant of the president and speaks out in support of Trump on his show.

12:16AM

US officials on the move

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, says on Twitter the US side is “ready for today” as he posted a picture of the US delegates apparently preparing to to head off.

12:12AM

North Korean media on Kim’s walkabout

North Korean state media described Kim Jong-un’s walkabout in Singapore on Monday night as a tour to learn about “social and economic development.”

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made a rare disclosure of the young leader’s whereabouts, confirming that he had toured some of Singapore’s most famous sites.

Kim was seen on international news broadcasts smiling and waving to astonished crowds, as he walked through some of the city-state’s business night entertainment spots, and took in the panorama of Singapore’s business district from the rooftop of the exclusive Marina Bay Sands hotel.

At the start of the excursion, Vivian Balakrishnan, posted a selfie with Kim on Twitter, with the teasing hashtag, #guesswhere?

KCNA opted for a more sober tone.

“Going round the Great Flower Garden, one of the prides of Singapore, Sky Park located on the roof of the world-famous Marina Bay Sands building and Singapore Port, he learned about the social and economic development of the Republic of Singapore,” it said.

12:00AM

Plan for the day

Here’s the planned running order of the day.

9am local [2am BST]: Trump meets Kim. One-on-one meeting (plus translators) begins 9.15 and due to last 45 minutes

10am: Pompeo (secretary of state), John Kelly, chief of staff, and John Bolton, National Security Adviser join a bilateral meeting

11:30am: Meeting is further expanded with team including Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, and Sung Kim, key negotiator, joining for a working lunch

4pm: Trump press conference.

7pm: Trump leaves for Washington

11:36PM

Kim the tourist

Kim Jong-un has rarely left his country as leader, so the North Korean leader has taken the chance to do some sight-seeing in Singapore.. He even posed for what is thought to be his first “selfie”.

The North Korean dictator smiled as Vivian Balakrishnan, the city-state’s foreign minister, took a photograph of them together on his mobile phone, which he then posted on Facebook and Twitter, writes Nick Allen.

Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s education minister, also squeezed into the historic selfie, his shoulder touching Kim’s.

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11:21PM

Trump kicks off the day with tweets

With less than three hours to go until the summit, the US president has started this historic day in customary fashionon Twitter.

He was his usual combative self, taking a swipe at past presidents’ efforts to tackle North Korea as well as those critical of his current efforts.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2018/jun/12/trump-kim-summit-meeting-singapore-us-president-north-korea-kim-jong-un-?page=with:block-5b1f2d6de4b0a90d612a5efd

 


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