North Korea agrees to "work towards" complete denuclearisation

The US has agreed to provide “security guarantees” to North Korea

North Korea agrees to "work towards" complete denuclearisation

US President Donald Trump walks with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un after lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island 12-06-2018. Image: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images

Updated 08:15

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has committed to working towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula following his meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

The two leaders signed a number of agreements following their historic summit this morning.

The details of the agreements have yet to be released however images of the document, held up by the US President after he signed it, reveal some of the detail.

The document reaffirms North Korea’s April 27th commitment to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

In return the US has agreed to provide “security guarantees” to North Korea.

The two men have also agreed to establish “new bilateral relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”

They have also committed to joining their efforts to “build a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

The countries have also committed to recovering the remains of prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) soldiers – “including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”

The document describes the Singapore Summit as an “epochal event – significant in “overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries.”

The two countries committed to holding follow-on negotiations led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a relevant high level North Korean official.

 

President Trump is due to hold a press conference before leaving Singapore later today.

White House visit

After signing the documents in front of reporters this morning, President Trump said he would “absolutely” be extending an invitation for Chairman Kim to visit the White House.

During the signing ceremony, the North Korean leader said the meeting would “leave the past behind” adding that the world would see “major changes.”

Chairman Kim called the summit a 'good prelude to peace.'

Speaking through a translator, he said there have been “obstacles on our way forward” before adding “we overcame all of them, and we are here today."

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing an agreement in Singapore, 12-06-2018. Image: AP/Press Association Images

Summit

It is the first ever face-to-face meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.

The two leaders greeted each other with a firm handshake in the early hours of this morning (Irish time) before spending 40 minutes with only translators present.

The pair also had wider talks with top officials, and continued discussions over a lavish three course lunch.

President Trump described the meeting as "top of the line" and after one-to-one talks and a working lunch, the pair have strolled around the Capella Hotel in Singapore, smiling and chatting.

President Trump showed Mr Kim the interior of his limousine and told reporters: "It's going great."

"Terrific relationship"

Earlier, Mr Trump said he will have a "terrific relationship" with Kim Jong Un as they appeared together for the first time in Singapore.

The pair made brief remarks as they sat together before the world's media as the historic summit got under way, with the US leader insisting "we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt.”

Mr Trump said: "We are going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful."

The two leaders shared a firm 13-second handshake when they met for the first time - exchanging a few pleasantries with each other.

Chairman Kim and President Trump also patted each other on each other's arms as they walked together at the five-star Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shake hands after their meetings in Singapore, 12-06-2018. Image: Susan Walsh/AP/Press Association Images

"Science fiction"

After briefly moving away from the media glare, Mr Kim and Mr Trump reappeared, walking together along a balcony and posing for pictures.

Speaking of his one-on-one meeting with Mr Kim, Mr Trump said it was "very, very good" and said they had an "excellent relationship."

And Mr Kim was heard telling the US president: "I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy... science fiction movie."

Denuclearisation

Before the meeting, it had been hoped President Trump might strike a deal with Mr Kim over nuclear weapons or officially bring the Korean War to an end.

However, the commitments in included in the document suggest his ambitions have been scaled back. He is due to leave Singapore by Tuesday evening.

With reporting from IRN ...