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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 . . .

 

UPDATE 9:35 PM EDT --

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. 

 

UPDATE 10:34 PM EDT --

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.

 

UPDATE 10:51 PM EDT --

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.

 

UPDATE 11:40 PM EDT --

In the room representing the U.S. are chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

 UPDATE 12:45 AM EDT (TUESDAY) --DECLARATION OF PEACE

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.

 

UPDATE 1:45 AM EDT --

Declaration of Peace SIGNED!

 

ZOOM IN ON THE TEXT: "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."

 

UPDATE 2:00 AM EDT --

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.

 

UPDATE 2:07 AM EDT --

Kim Jung Un has departed to go back home.

 

UPDATE 3:20 AM EDT --

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
Sentosa Island
Singapore

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    William Bermudez · 18:10 06/12/2018
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/12/politics/donald-trump-kim-jong-un-loves-his-people/index.html?utm_content=2018-06-12T16%3A30%3A18&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&utm_source=fbCNN


    "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?
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    Reginald Fischer · 16:16 06/12/2018
    The US will take 600,000 NK citizens for training? That sounds like a 5th column insurgency. This is bad.
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    Matthew DeGumbia · 15:21 06/12/2018
    Unites States - North Korea Summit video: https://youtu.be/A838gS8nwas
    Real showmanship. Never a president like Trump!
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    Jason · 14:56 06/12/2018
    This isn't a peace treaty
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    Brooke · 13:21 06/12/2018
    I'm still not buying it
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    me · 13:15 06/12/2018
    were getting ready to smack down on Iran and didn't want a two war front. So like always we offer billions in taxpayer dollars to buy a temporary friend and some time.
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    Eaglewings · 10:21 06/12/2018
    For when they shall say peace and safety.......
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      Jill · 11:26 06/12/2018
      Wow that is the first thing that came to my mind as well.
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    Reginald Fischer · 09:51 06/12/2018
    Remember when Bill Clinton made an agreement with NK, gave them lots fuel oil and a nuclear energy reactor in exchange for denuclearization. NK took the free stuff and went ahead with nuclear weapons anyway. Now it’s different this time?
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    jo · 07:27 06/12/2018
    Trump is much fatter than lil Kim.
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    NightWatch · 06:35 06/12/2018
    This is a "Check" move against Iran. One of Iran's few allies (and IMO NK was doing nuclear testing for Iran), just came over to "the other side". I bet NK still has plenty of Iranian materials in their possession that Iran will never see again. Absolutely brilliant.
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    Steve S · 01:45 06/12/2018
    Maybe Un has been a CIA front until recently. I read Trump purged the CIA of some elements using the Marine Corps.
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    Chad Brundy · 00:25 06/12/2018
    Doesn't it seem ironic that Kim Jong Un had two meetings with China prior to this Summit? Almost everyone prior to this summit believed China was in control of North Korea and has been for some time. China and Russia both helped North Korea skirt sanctions over and over again with impunity.

    Now all the sudden everyone believes Kim Jong Un is solely responsible for what is taking place at the summit and the only responsibility China has in all this is actually pushing for some kind of peace agreement, and that Donald Trump has somehow managed to force Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table because of all his tough rhetoric, sanctions, etc.......

    I find that to be ludicrous at best!!!

    Does anyone remember China deploying an estimated 300,000 soldiers to the neighboring border between the two and Russia deploying heavy armament to their respective neighboring border?

    DOES anyone recall the T.H.A.A.D. missile systems deployed by the U.S. in multiple locations throughout South Korea? Not to mention the 35,000 U.S. Troops stationed there?

    Lest not forget what Vladimir Putin's major concern regarding the T.H.A.A.D. missile system was in the first place. He isn't concerned about it's unproven ineffectiveness or its abysmal test results. HIS major concern is that the U.S. can turn that defensive missile system into an offensive system in a matter of hours and that it would only take a couple of minutes because of the closeness in proximity to reach a portion of Russia and China!

    This brings me to my final point: China and Russia are using Kim Jong Un to negotiate their position with the United States. If Kim Jong Un doesn't comply, China will simply invade North Korea and take care of the matter themselves. That being said, they would rather have this matter stitched up without having to use any of their resources when they can trap the Narcissistic Leader of the U.S. into taking the bait and completing their mission without raising a finger.

    I have a feeling if this "Agreement" allegedly gets done which I am not buying at all, but if it appears to be, this will be the CRUX OF WHAT EACH IS ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH

    U.S. - Complete Denuclearization of North Korea
    N.K. -Removal of U.S. Troops and T.H.A.A.D. missile system from SOUTH KOREA

    I REPEAT!!! I REPEAT!!!!!

    THIS IS THE LAST DETAIL FOR CHINA AND RUSSIA TO CHECK OFF THEIR LIST IN ORDER TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM U.S. HEGEMONY! THEY HAVE GAINED FREEDOM FINANCIALLY BY ABANDONING THE U.S. DOLLAR, THEY HAVE ACCUMULATED VAST AMOUNTS OF GOLD, THEIR MILITARY IS ON PAR IF NOT SUPERIOR IN SOME RESPECTS AND THIS AGREEMENT WILL GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM THE POTENTIAL THREAT THEY FACE IN SOUTH KOREA BY US IMPERIALISM! THIS IS THE FINAL PIECE THAT WILL BRING THE U.S. TO ITS KNEES!
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      Reginald Fischer · 10:03 06/12/2018
      Good points. Who knows what is really going on behind the scenes with this “peace deal.”
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      Tuko · 02:22 06/12/2018
      Ha, finally a well informed person. Good analysis of your part Chad.

      I read the comments from most people, and wonder no longer why the USA is in such poor state of affairs.

      But never underestimate the ruthlessness of the Warmongering Neocons, they are all sociopaths, and in full control of the USA. I believe this is the calm before the storm. Trump has bendover for the Military Security Industrial Complex, America Hegemony is in full force ahead, and it's about to lead to something very serious soon.
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    Sharknado · 00:13 06/12/2018
    ...beware the FF.
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    Sharknado · 00:11 06/12/2018
    The greatest president in the history of America!
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    Mike · 22:43 06/11/2018
    YES!
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