The agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in full

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

The US president and the North Korean leader are both at the five star Capella hotel.

Whether such a deal can be done, Trump declared Saturday, is something he will know nearly from the moment they meet. "We're going to take care of a very big and very unsafe problem for the world".

"The fact that we prepared this in two weeks, this adds to logistics demands by officers who worked around the clock", Shanmugam said at a security briefing on Sunday.

"We had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind, and we are about to sign a historic document", he said through a translator. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and given that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the goal remains the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a policy laid out under the George W. Bush administration and continued through the Obama administration to this point.

A US ambassador to South Korea during the Obama administration, he led the advance talks with North Korea in the border village of Panmunjom. This has included backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation.

Trump's supporters have floated the idea that forging such a treaty, which would need a signoff from China and South Korea, would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

Trump made the unprecedented decision to meet with the leader of the rogue regime, a move all of his predecessors had avoided.

Such a meeting was unthinkable just months ago when Trump and Kim were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war in the region.

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Officials of the two sides held last-minute talks to lay the groundwork for the summit of the old foes, an event nearly unthinkable just months ago, when they were exchanging insults and threats that raised fears of war.

The pair shook hands and met in a one-on-one setting before conferring with aides. The president even showed the North Korean leader the inside of his limousine after their sessions were over.

"It's going great. We had a really fantastic meeting". A lot of progress.

The sides first spoke through intelligence channels, with U.S. analysts working to determine Kim's true willingness to abandon a nuclear program started by his grandfather and viewed by Pyongyang as a security blanket from outside aggressors. "Very, very quickly. Absolutely", Trump said when asked by reporters if Kim had agreed to denuclearize.

She has reportedly acted as a lead negotiator in advance meetings with the American team ahead of the summit, perhaps because of her experience as a nuclear negotiator in the past.

Critics had said a summit that ended without a declaration on denuclearization would amount to a propaganda win for Kim, elevating him to legitimacy on the worldwide stage.

Kim may be interested in getting aid and eventual investment to stabilize and then rebuild a crumbling economy.

Many experts on North Korea remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons, believing his engagement aims to get the United States to ease crippling sanctions.

"But we overcame all of them, and we are here today", Kim said during the meeting through an interpreter.

Analysts had expected both Trump and Kim to sell the summit as a success regardless of outcome since both have much at stake. While he wasn't an official part of the US delegation or involved the meeting, Rodman, who has formed an unlikely relationship with the murderous North Korean dictator, was in Singapore to show his support for the meeting. "We've developed a very special bond".

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