U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.
Trump offered a light moment toward the beginning of the talks, joking that they should all get togethher for a photo to look "handsome" and "thin." Kim's face as the joke was being translated immediately went viral as North Korea's leader didn't seem to know what to make of it and quickly moved on.
The joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved but Trump fleshed out some details at a news conference.
"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," said the statement.
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DPRK is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.
Trump said he expected the denuclearisation process to start "very, very quickly". U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold follow-up negotiations "at the earliest possible date", the statement said.
Trump told the news conference that the process would be verified, and that the verfication "will involve having a lot of people in North Korea"