Kim Jong-un signs document pledging 'complete denuclearisation' at Trump summit

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un sign unspecified document in Singapore

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have signed a document at their summit in Singapore, setting out terms for their ongoing relationship.

A photo of the document showed pledges including:

- Establishing new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples for peace and prosperity

- Building a lasting and stable peace regime in the Korean Peninsula

- The DPRK commiting to working towards complete denuclearisation

- Recovering prisoner of war remains and repatriating them

The two leaders spoke with only translators presents for around 38 minutes, before signing the papers. Pictures of the signing ceremony were circulated on the Department of State Twitter account.

Trump said the meeting went “better than anyone could imagine”.

"[It’s] going great. We had a really fantastic meeting,” he said.

“There has been a lot of progress. Really very positive. I think better than anybody could imagine."

Mr Kim said the "world will see a major change" and that he and Mr Trump had "decided to leave the past behind".

Trump added he "absolutely" would invite the North Korean leader to the White House.

“In the North Korean system, Kim Jong-un makes all the key decisions. So there is some logic in Donald Trump reaching out at that level,” said Mike Chinoy, author of Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer.

“Previous attempts to negotiate with lower level officials had been unsuccessful.”

“North Koreans were looking… to end decades of enmity with the United States. They agreed to have a new relationship and build and lasting peace regime,” he added, of the terms laid out in the document.

But he was reticent about the denuclearisation clause.

“The crucial language about denuclearisation is that they agreed to ‘work towards’ denuclearisation, that’s not the same as giving up all their nuclear weapons,” he said,.

“The best spin you can put on that is it’s the beginning of a process.

“How do you get rid of North Korea’s nukes, and what does the US give in return?”

The meeting is a marked change from the pair hurling insults at each other.

In 2014, Trump said North Korea was “the last place on earth I want to go” and North Korea’s state-run newspaper has referred to Trump as a “loser” and a “lunatic” in the past.

Trump famously referred to Mr Kim as “rocket man”, and the North Korean leader hit back by branding him a “dotard”. Both bragged about having nuclear buttons.

A press conference is due at 9am, and we’ll update this story as we hear more.