US president Donald Trump in a long briefing to the media in Singapore Tuesday, June 12, lavished praise on Chairman Kim Jong-un for their “honest, direct and productive” first meeting and “his dedication to his people and real change. He said he was sure that Kim, who was on his way home to Pyongyang, would vigorously start the process, to which he had “committed unwaveringly of comprehensive denuclearization,” as soon as he touched down. North Korea was already destroying its engine testing site. “That’s a big thing,” he said. Today is the beginning of a long and arduous process, which should have been resolved a long time ago, but we go into it with our eyes wide open,” Trump said. “Sanctions will come off when we are sure the nuclear issue is no longer a factor. ”On the other hand, the “war games” would be halted, both because they were very expensive and also provocative.”
Other points the US President made in his briefing in answer to questions:
- National security adviser John Bolton will soon lead a team to Pyongyang to take part in the dismantling of North Korea’s program.
- Verification of nuclear dismantlement? “We’ll have a lot of people working there and it will be verified,” he said without offering details.
- The bloody Korean conflict has never ended until this day. I hope it will soon end. A peace treaty? “At the appropriate time.”
- The North Korean leader would be invited to the White House “at the appropriate time, further down the road,” and Trump would visit Pyongyang.
- Will the regime cheat as it did before? “Kim wants this maybe even more than us, he wants a bright future. I believe he wants to get it done. There is no limit to what can be achieved if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons. They are a talented people. And Kim wants to be remembered for ushering in a bright future. Most importantly he faces a different US president, who gets things done.”
- Kim agreed quickly to the recovery of the remains of the app. 6,000 “heroes of the Korean War.”
- Will the US troops serving in the Demilitarized Zone since the end of the war be withdrawn? “I want to bring our soldiers home. But that is not part of the equation right now.”
- Human rights? “We did discuss human rights at length outside the nuclear issue. North Korea is a rough place. Ultimately, we’ll agree on something. Kim is very talented. He took over the rule at age 26 and he runs it tough. I don’t say he’s nice. He is a very special person.” Trump also said: “I also brought up the question of Japanese abductees and we will work on it on that too.”
- More meetings are to be expected between Trump and Kim as the long processes they launched at their historic summit on June 12 unfold, with inevitable road bumps.
- Trump repeated a former remark on Iran, describing it as a different place compared to three months ago, without explanation. “I hope that at the appropriate time after sanctions, really harsh sanctions, kick in, they will negotiate a new deal. Right now, it’s too soon.