"He loves his people, not that I'm surprised by that."
If he loves his people, why does he let them starve while he stuffs his face with cheese?
Chronological Reporting from Start of Summit -- President Donald Trump of the United States has (finally) met Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea. The meeting is taking place in Singapore.
The two men shook hands, seemed to be friendly and cordial toward each other, and proceeded directly into a private, closed-door meeting with just their translators present. No staff. No Diplomats. No Reporters.
That meeting is taking place right now, as of 9:15 PM eastern US time.
UPDATES BELOW AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE . . .
The first-ever meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader began just after 9 a.m. Tuesday local time with a handshake and an exchange of pleasantries, producing images that were carried live on television across the United States and beyond.
Kim could be heard saying “nice to meet you Mr. President” before the two men turned on the red carpet to pose for photos in front of a line of U.S. and North Korean flags.
After Trump sat down next to Kim for their meeting inside the swanky Capella Hotel, the president predicted he would have a “terrific relationship” with the North Korean strongman.
“I feel really great,” Trump said. “It's going to be a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success.”
Kim said through a translator that “the past has ... placed many obstacles in our way but we overcame all of them and we are here today.”
The two men were scheduled to speak one-on-one with only translators present before heading into broader meetings with their advisers.
North Korea State media is reporting that Kim is "in Singapore, meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States, to negotiate total de-nuclearization of the entire Korea peninsula."
The fact that this is now being broadcast to the North Korean population is a H U G E positive. This was unexpected.
Trump and Kim complete first conversation. Shorter length of time than expected; only 35 minutes.
Trump says meeting is "very, very good" so far.
Both men will now join their delegations for Bi-lateral talks together.
In the room representing the U.S. are chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.
Peace treaty will be signed ending the Korean War's 65 year Armistice (Cease-fire/truce).
Agreement by North Korea (NK) to end missile production and research.
Aid for NK to revert nuclear present technology to a reactor for electricity generation only.
Slow opening up of the North-South border.
Agreement for NK and South Korea (SK) families to visit without obstruction.
There are to be more meetings in both NK and Washington to help with aid.
Declaration of Peace SIGNED!
I am starting to get details on the provisions contained in the agreement just signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim:
One gigantic, strange-but-understandable provision: The US agrees to take as many 600,000 NK citizens for skills training in the US. to bring that nation into the 21st Century!
(Not sure we need more immigrants who have no skills and will need taxpayer money for support while in country, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than war.)
It didn't specify how much would be spent but the US will also be funding several infrastructure projects in North Korea, again to help them enter the 21st Century.
Kim Jung Un has departed to go back home.
Text of the Declaration of Peace pictured above:\
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman 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 Chairman 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 Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S. - 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 Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S. - DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit - the first in history - was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-up negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman 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 U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018