• Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:02 am

Minute by minute: Trump-Kim summit

  • Published at 06:58 am June 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 03:48 pm June 12th, 2018

US President Donald Trump took questions from reporters for more than an hour at a news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Trump ends news conference

3:24pm- "It's been a long time since I've taken it easy," he says.

He says: "Congratulations everybody. To me it's a very important event in world history. I want to get it completed."

"If you don't get the ball over the goal line, it doesn't mean enough," he adds, reports the BBC.

3:21pm- About recording of his conversation with Kim, Donald Trump says there are probably some notes, but he's not sure if it was recorded.

But he says that's OK, "because I have one of the greatest memories of all time," reports the BBC.

3:16pm- Regarding seeing Kim as an equal, US President Donald Trump says: “I don’t view it that way. I will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place.” 

He adds: “If I have to say I’m sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that’s going to get us to save 30 million lives, maybe more than that, I’m willing to sit on the stage, I’m willing to travel to Singapore very gladly.”

Trump says he is not concerned about Kim using the video he had presented to him at the press conference as propaganda, reports the Guardian. 

3:00pm- “I know when somebody want’s to deal ... I just feel, my instinct, my talent,” he says. “I think he wants to make a deal. We will know very soon because the negotiations are continuing,” Trump adds.

2:54pm- Trump says more details will be provided about the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine test sites, reports the Guardian. 

He says he had 300 “very big and powerful” sanctions ready last week but held off ahead of the summit because imposing them would have been “disrespectful.”

What about US allies?

2:52pm-A reporter asks Trump if the row following the G7 meeting will damage the US's relations with its long-standing allies.

He says he had "a very good" meeting with the G7 but the US is being "taken advantage of."

2:47pm- Trump says "We haven't given up anything" other than agreeing to meet Kim Jong-un.

"Only a person that dislikes Trump would say we've agreed to make a big commitment," he says.

However, many analysts argue that a bilateral meeting with a sitting US president is a propaganda victory for North Korea.

Trump: Sanctions remain for now

4:45pm- Trump: "The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor."

"I actually look forward to taking them off," he says, but only when he is confident about denuclearization.

3:36pm- Trump says Kim Jong-un has agreed that the remains of US soldiers in North Korea will be returned. "I asked for it today and we got it."

2:33pm- Trump says human rights were discussed.

US 'stopping war games'

2:26pm- Trump says the US is not reducing military capabilities as part of the assurances it will provide North Korea. But he says the US will be stopping its military exercises with South Korea - these routinely infuriate North Korea.

Trump says Kim is 'talented'

2:24pm- In response to a question Trump says Kim is "very talented." He came to power at a young age and ran a country, and "ran it tough."

Trump: World really wants to engage with N Korea

Trump: World really wants to engage with N Korea

2:23pm- US president says: "We can replace the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. There's no limit to what North Korea can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons.”

He says the rest of the world "really wants to engage with North Korea."

Kim could be "remembered as the leader who ushers in a new era of prosperity for his people," Trump says.

2:21pm- "We've had a tremendous 24 hours, a tremendous three months actually," Trump says.

"It has the potential to be an incredible place," he says of North Korea.

Trump says: "Real change is indeed possible." My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive." 

02:18pm- Trump is briefing the media on the summit.

Trump begins his press conference by saying that North Korea has the potential to be a great place. He says he and Kim have spent “intensive hours together.”

He thanks Singapore for hosting the summit and pays tribute to the leaders of South Korea, China and Japan.

He thanks Kim for taking a bold step for his people. It proves that real change is possible, he says.

'Don't ignore human rights'

02:04pm- "I feel very sorry that human rights are not being discussed," North Korean defector Grace Jo tells the BBC.

She says: "We can't separate the nuclear issue from human rights issues. They developed nuclear arms while people were dying of starvation, others in prisons."

1:32pm- Trump to brief media at 2pm, reports CNN.

No coverage yet on N Korean TV

1:25pm- BBC reports: “North Korean state television has started at its usual time of 0600 gmt on 12 June, but it has made no mention yet of leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore a short while earlier.”

The report said: “Korean Central Television (KCTV) began broadcasting at 0600 gmt (12pm BdST) and carried news of Kim’s Singapore tour the previous day even as international media outlets have been showing live coverage of the summit between him and Trump.

“After starting with patriotic music and the day's broadcast schedule, around 0610 gmt the TV channel instead carried a short clip featuring a female news anchor talking about Kim's visits to popular sights in Singapore, without photos or footage of his tour.”

1:13pm- Korea analysts are not impressed by the vagueness and limited scope of the agreement, reports the Guardian.

China praises summit as 'historic'

12:51pm- China praises the summit as historic and calls for “full denuclearization” to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula, AFP reports. 

The fact that the two leaders “can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells reporters.

“The crux of the peninsula nuclear issue is a security issue. The most important, difficult part of this security issue is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks,” Wang says.

The minister adds: “Resolving the nuclear issue, on the one hand of course is denuclearization, full denuclearisation. At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea’s reasonable security concerns.”

12:39pm- Jonathan Cheng from the Wall Street Journal says there are four key points.

12:34pm- AFP reports that Trump-Kim document commits US to “security guarantees” and eyes establishment of “new US-DPRK relations.”

AFP adds Kim commits to “complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula” in joint text.

Trump to brief to media

12:17pm- President Trump is due to speak to the media at 12:30pm (BdST). The US leader tells reporters he would elaborate on the agreement then.

Air Force One is scheduled to fly out of Singapore in the evening, at about 5pm (Bangladesh time).

Kim Jong Un just left the summit

12:41pm- Kim Jong Un's motorcade is departing Sentosa Island in Singapore after a historic summit with President Trump.

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet again, the US president said Tuesday at the conclusion of their unprecedented summit in Singapore.

"We'll meet again," Trump said after a signing ceremony, standing with Kim on the verandah where they first met. "We will meet many times."

Trump, Kim Jong Un shake hands, exchange farewells without interpreters as Singapore summit ends.

And they're leaving the island

12:03pm- Trump's convoy is leaving Sentosa. He's crossing the short cause way to the Singapore mainland. 

Trump says he he'll talk to the press later. 

Kim, meanwhile, is expected to leave Singapore within hours.

12:00pm- "Absolutely, I will," Trump says replying to a question about inviting Kim to the White House.

11:57am- Trump and Kim appear on the steps of the hotel holding their signed agreements.

But what does it actually say?

11:45am- President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are signing a joint agreement, although the exact details are still unknown.

Trump says: "We spent a lot of time together. A lot of intensive time....This is going to lead to more and more and more. It's an honour to be with you."

"We're signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document," Trump tells the waiting reporters. He says he would discuss it "at great length" at an upcoming news conference, and indicated it would be made available publicly.

Kim says he wanted to express his gratitude to President Trump for making the meeting happen.

"We had historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document," Kim says through a translator.

Trump and Kim to sign an agreement

The US and North Korean leaders are signing an agreement after historic talks held in Singapore.

Trump and Kim arrive in the signing room, walking in together and taking a seat at the table.

Trump says: “We’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document.”

 Kim says: “We had a historic meeting, we decided to leave the past behind.”

The table where they'll sign

11:30am- “We just don't know what exactly it is they will sign,” reports BBC.

Journalists getting ready for press conference 

11:16am- Journalists are getting into place for an expected press conference from the two leaders.

Jaw jaw not war war

11:04am- “Fully 72% of the American public, in a recent Quinnipiac University poll, support the meeting with Mr Kim - even if 68% say they think Mr Kim will never give up his nuclear weapons. The US public welcomes the meeting but doesn’t expect much. That’s great news for the president,” reports BBC.

The report says: "Given last year’s heated rhetoric of nuclear buttons and 'fire and fury' many Americans may simply agree with the famous Winston Churchill quote: 'Meeting jaw-to-jaw is better than war'."

'Better than anybody could have expected'

10:56am- Still no detail on what agreement they've reached, reports BBC adding: “He [Trump] said it had gone "better than anybody could have expected."

“Few analysts had expected him to emerge and say otherwise” the report adds.

10:49am- US President Donald Trump says “a lot of progress - really very positive. I think better than anybody could imagine.  We’re going now for a signing.”

A matter of trust?

10:45am- “Trump says he is the master of all deals - and wants Kim Jong-un to trust him. But North Korea will be closely watching his record. The US had a denuclearization deal with Iran - and Mr Trump backed out of that one” reports BBC.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk after lunch at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018 | Reuters 

The report adds: “He also just this weekend agreed with G7 leaders on a final statement - only to withdraw the US from it via a tweet from Air Force One.”

10:42am- Kim and Trump are out of lunch and taking a stroll through the garden, reports BBC.

Trump tells reporters there's going to be "a signing."

10:38am- Trump and Kim emerge from working lunch.

Donald Trump, ahead of working lunch, asked photographers and cameramen from Singapore's "Host TV," the government television channel: “Getting a good picture everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.” - Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland

South Korean cabinet watching closely

A delicately dressed table

Here's a glimpse into the working lunch between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, now taking place, reports BBC.

10:30am- Trump, Kim launch charm offensive at summit; no word yet on discussions

Reuters reports: “US President Trump said he had forged a ‘good relationship’ with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of a historic summit, as the two men sought ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.”

Trump, Kim confident but body language reveals nerves at first meeting 

10:21am- “In their first moments of meeting each other, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both sought to project a sense of command as they began a historic summit in Singapore,” Reuters reports quoting a body language expert.

10:00am- The Guardian reports: “We have seen pictures from the working lunch. Trump, Kim and their negotiating parties will be eating at a long white table, which is set with green and white flowers. Representatives from the two sides are seated on either side of the table facing one another.

“As Trump and Kim entered the room, photographs were taken, with Trump joking about wanting to get a 'beautiful picture' in which he looked good.”

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a working lunch that combines the flavors of East and West during their historic meeting in Singapore on June 12, 2018 | Reuters 

09:41am-  President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begin working lunch. (The lunch began at 12:41pm Singaporean time)

09:23am- Trump says summit is 'very, very good', Kim calls it prelude to peace.

What's on the menu

Here's the menu for the working lunch between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as part of the summit in Singapore's Capella resort:


Traditional prawn’s cocktail served with avocado salad

Green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing & fresh octopus


Korean stuffed cucumber

Main course

Beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steam broccolini, red wine sauce on the side

Combination of sweet & sour crispy pork and Yangzhou Fried Rice with homemade XO chili sauce

“Daegu jorim”

Soy Braised cod fish with Radish, Asian Vegetables


Dark chocolate tartlet ganache

Haagendazs vanilla iced cream with cherry coulis


‘A new growth momentum’

09:01am- Looks like South Korean company Samsung thinks there’s a chance the inter-Korean thaw will continue, reports BBC.

The report says: “The firm’s investment subsidiary Samsung Securities last week launched a team to look into the possibility of investment in the North.”

Trump, Kim end one-on-one meeting, enter wider talks

08:15am- US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim enter wider talks. Their top leaders are present in the meeting which is taking place in Singapore.

08:10am- Trump, Kim head out of face-to-face meeting and take a short walk.

Trump and Kim have stepped out of their one-on-one talks to take a walk around the Capella Hotel, where the summit is being held. They emerged from the talks together, Kim was smiling and Trump was chatting to Kim as they waved to press from the balcony of the hotel.

First Trump-Kim meeting ends

08:04am- A landmark first one-on-one meeting between Trump and Kim concludes after around 48 minutes.

Trump, Kim head out of face-to-face meeting and take a short walk.

Trump and Kim have stepped out of their one-on-one talks to take a walk around the Capella Hotel, where the summit is being held. They emerged from the talks together, Kim was smiling and Trump was chatting to Kim as they waved to press from the balcony of the hotel.

08:02am- They were in their personal meeting for about 35 minutes, and are due to start further meetings with advisers.

Trump, Kim head out of face-to-face meeting and take a short walk. They are due to start further meetings with advisers.

The two men will then hold a working lunch, beginning at 9:30am (Bangladesh time), before the summit ends in the afternoon. No time has been announced for when the talks might conclude.

08:00am-Trump is expected to speak to reporters at 2pm local time, when we're likely to hear what has been accomplished during the day.

Air Force One will then depart Singapore in the early evening, at about 5pm local time (BdST).

The interpreter with Trump works in the US State Department

07:45am- The interpreter with Trump is Dr Yun-hyang Lee, according to a source familiar. She is the division chief of interpreting services at the State Department.

They'll meet one-on-one for just under an hour, before expanded talks begin at 8am (Bangladesh time). On the agenda are North Korea's nuclear capabilities. Trump is hoping he can convince Kim to give up his weapons.

It is the meeting which the Trump has teased could happen for years. In May 2016, during his campaign, Trump said he would be willing to sit down with Kim.

"I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Trump said at the time.

Trump, Kim to begin one-on-one talks

07:37am- Trump and Kim walk into their first face-to-face talks. Two translators join the leaders. 

Speaking to reporters after their first handshake, President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un expressed optimism that the summit would be a success.

An image of the inner picture spray ahead of the behind-closed-doors meeting between the two leaders | AP 

The interpreter with Trump works in the US State Department

The interpreter with Trump is Dr Yun-hyang Lee, according to a source source familiar. She’s the division chief of interpreting services at the State Department.

07:29am- North Korean dictator Kim says there were a number of "obstacles" to the meeting taking place in Singapore today. 

"We overcame all of them and we are here today," he tells reporters through a translator.

Trump, Kim speak to the media ahead of their talk

07:20am- Trump is speaking to the media. He says he is confident that the talks will be a “tremendous success.” He continues to say: “We will have a tremendous relationship, I have no doubt.”

Trump and Kim shook hands for a few seconds before a phalanx of cameras, with Trump briefly touching Kim’s shoulder. They did not pause to make any remarks.

Trump and Kim shake hands

07:07am- Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. They shake hands on the steps of the hotel before cameras.

This is first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. 

Social media reactions

Trump and Kim will first have a one-on-one talk, before they are joined by advisers for talks later this morning.

Here is White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' view of the trip to the Capella hotel.

6:34am- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also reaches the venue.

6: 20am- US President Donald Trump reaches the venue 

The historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa.

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail