Kim Jong-un's Interpreter in the Spotlight

13 June, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Barbara Daniel
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US President Donald Trump speaks to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un before their expanded bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"She called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you".

After the signing, Trump said he expected to "meet many times" in the future with Kim and, in response to questions, said he "absolutely" would invite Kim to the White House. "I think it will be tremendously successful, and it's my honor and we will have a terrific relationship".

"Today we had a very historic meeting, overcoming our past history and embarking on a new beginning".

Kim's top officials sat with him while Trump had his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Then at the last moment Mr Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, pulled a pen from her pocket which she gave to her brother.

South Korea said last month the issue of US troops stationed there was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement were signed.

While the discussions between the two leaders were no doubt serious, people have also been talking about a joke from the President that seemed to fall flat on its feet.

USA president Donald Trump has signed three agreements with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in Singapore today, but what is in them remains a mystery.

Kim was accompanied by North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho, and Kim Yong-chol and Ri Su-yong, vice chairmen of the worker's party.

On Tuesday, the two leaders will begin their meeting with a one-on-one session at 9 am local time.

Trump did most of the talking, and Kim appeared to listen attentively, turning to him three times during their walk toward their meeting room.

Trump and Kim will depart Singapore later on Tuesday.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.

The commentary came after Trump and Kim signed an agreement earlier Tuesday committing the U.S.to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for an eventual denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"Many people in the world will think of this as a. form of fantasy. from a science-fiction movie", Kim said, according to a translator.

Before getting on a plane headed back to the U.S., Trump held an hour-long press conference with the gathered global media, describing his hopes for the impact of the summit.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to United States tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

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