Kim-Trump Singapore summit: All the latest updates [Video]

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are meeting in Singapore.

Here are all the latest developments:

Analysts voice disappointment with joint statement text
  • Analysts have expressed disappointment at the joint statement which US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed at the end of their landmark summit.

  • Basing himself on a photograph of the text, Malcolm Cook, a fellow at the Lowy Institute in Australia, said the text leaves “many questions unanswered, not so many answered”.
  • “It’s pretty hard to be comprehensive in only one page,” he told Al Jazeera’s James Bays. “There was no mention of verifiable, no mention of the word irreversible and no discussion of when US economic sanctions would go off,” Cook said.
  • “North Korea has promised many times to work towards complete denuclearisation,” he added.
  • In a Tweet, political analyst Robert Kelly called the outcome of the summit “depressing”.

Joint statement: N Korea commits to ‘work towards’ complete denuclearisation
  • According to photographs of the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, North Korea has committed to “work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
  • “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity,” the photographed statement reads.
  • In the document, President Trump committed to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea.
  • The contents of the joint statement have yet to be officially released.

Pompeo: joint statement ‘the start of a new relationship’
  • In a Tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Trump and Kim’s signing of a “historic” joint statement marks “the start of a new relationship”.

China welcomes Trump-Kim talks
  • China has said it welcomes and supports the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
  • Before the leaders signed the joint statement, China’s State Councillor Wang Yi told reporters he hoped the two countries can reach a basic consensus on achieving denuclearisation, news agency Reuters reported.
  • “At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea’s reasonable security concerns,” Wang said.
Trump, Kim sign ‘comprehensive’, ‘historic’ document
  • US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a document at a ceremony.
  • Trump said the document was “very important” and “pretty comprehensive”. He added both Kim and he were “honoured” to sign.
  • Kim called the joint statement “historic”. “The world will see an important change,” he said.
  • Trump said he and Kim had developed “a very special bond”.
  • After signing the agreement, Trump addressing reporters said he learned that Kim is a “talented man” who “loves his country very much”. “We’ll meet many times,” he said.
  • After shaking hands the leaders parted ways. Kim is now expected to fly back to North Korea.
  • Details on the statement are expected to be released shortly. Trump will hold a press conference within a few hours.
Reporters gather in ceremonial room
  • Reporters have gathered in a room which is expected to be the scene of a signing ceremony with Trump and Kim.
  • Two pens have been laid out on the large desk.
  • North Korean and US reporters were reportedly jostling for a position in the room.
Trump: meeting with Kim ‘better than anybody could have expected’
  • Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have emerged from their working lunch.
  • Addressing reporters, Trump said the meeting with Kim went “better than anybody could have expected”.
  • Trump said he and Kim were on their way to sign something. Asked what the leaders would sign, the US President said “we’ll be announcing that in a couple of minutes”.
  • Trump gave Kim a quick glimpse of his presidential limousine dubbed “The Beast”, a nine-tonne bulletproof and bombproof Cadillac.

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