Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un emerged from their historic meeting seemingly pleased and ready to sign an agreement, but one important question directed at the North Korean leader was left unanswered.
They walked together after their meeting and working lunch, and Kim was asked three times by representatives of the waiting media if he had agreed to give up his country’s nuclear arms.
“Chairman Kim, will you denuclearise?” Kim was asked twice before a third question came:
“Mr Kim, will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir?”
He did not offer a response.
Mr Trump said the meeting went better than expected and the pair were heading off to sign a document. The details of which are yet top be revealed.
“A lot of progress – really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected,” Mr Trump declared to the media.
“Top of the line, very good. We’re going now for a signing.”
He gave no further details. Mr Trump is expected to give a detailed break down of the meeting at 6pm (AEST) on Tuesday evening.
During the expanded meeting Trump told the North Korean leader they will “solve the big problem, the big dilemma” without giving further details. Media were then instructed to leave before a working lunch began.
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The pair had earlier enjoyed a momentous handshake at the Capella Hotel in neutral Singapore as the rest of the world watched on.
They shook hands for several seconds, Trump reaching out to touch the North Korean leader on his right shoulder.
Trump had predicted he and Kim were “going to have a great discussion” which would lead to a “great relationship.”