KJU’s last observed appearance was his evening tour around Singapore on June 11
Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) met with US President Donald J. Trump at Sentosa Island, Singapore, from the morning to mid-afternoon local time on June 12 (Tuesday). The meeting was due “to the fixed decision and will of the top leaders of the two countries to put an end to the extreme hostile relations between the DPRK and US, which lingered for the longest period on the earth in terms of acute confrontation and to open up a new future for the sake of the interests of the peoples of the two countries and global peace and security.”
Jong Un departed from the St. Regis at 810 for the Capella Hotel. In the lobby of the US-DPRK meeting’s venue were a series of US and DPRK flags. At 900 Kim Jong Un shook hands with President Trump in the atmosphere of two leaders who “came to take their first step toward reconciliation for the first time in the 70 odd years-long history of standoff and antagonism since the division of the Korean Peninsula. A commemorative photograph session was held between Jong Un and President Trump.
After this they held a 40 minute tete-a-tete interaction, which was only attended by interpreters Jong Un noted “that it was not easy to get to where they were…there was a past that gripped their ankles and prejudice and wrong practices covered their eyes and ears, but they overcame all that to come to this place and stand at a new starting point.” President Trump and Kim Jong Un “had a candid exchange of views on the practical issues of weighty significance in putting an end to the decades-long hostile relations between the DPRK and the US and making peace stability settle on the Korean peninsula.
After the one-on-one they held expanded talks with principals of the DPRK and US Government. In attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Vice Chairman and WPK United Front Department Director Kim Yong Chol (Kim Yo’ng-ch’o’l), WPK Vice Chairman and International Affairs Department Director Ri Su Yong (Ri Su-yo’ng; a/k/a Ri Chol), and DPRK Foreign Minister. Attending from the American side were US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.
The meeting was “a comprehensive and in-depth discussion over the issues of establishing new DPRK-US relations and building a permanent and durable peace mechanism.” Kim Jong Un noted that he is “pleased to sit face-to-face with President Trump and the US side’s delegation.” Jong Un “highly praised the president’s will and enthusiasm to resolve matters in a realistic way through dialogue and negotiations, away from the hostility-woven past.”
According to DPRK state media President Trump expressed “belief that the summit talks would lead to improvement of the DPRK-US relations” and President Trump appreciated that “an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of an armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the Suryo’ng from the outset of this year.”
Jong Un noted that “many problems occurred due to deep-rooted distrust and hostility existing between the two countries” and said “in order to achieve the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realize its denuclearization, the two countries should commit themselves to refraining from antagonizing with each other out of mutual understanding, and take legal and institutional steps to guarantee it.” Kim Jong Un also “underlined the need for the DPRK and the US to take practical measures to actively carry out the issues discussed at the talks and the joint statement at an early date.” Jong Un made “an immediate agreement on Trump’s proposal for recovering the remains of American soldiers and repatriating those already identified” and issued “an instruction to take a measure settling it as early as possible.”
The DPRK leader also noted “that the building of a lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula is of weighty significance in ensuring peace and security in the region and the rest of the world” and Jong Un said “it is urgent to make a bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other.”
President Trump expressed his “understanding of it” and “his intention to halt the US-South Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK regards as provocation over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against along with an advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiations.” Kim Jong Un “clarified the stand that if the US side takes genuine measures for building trust in order to improve the DPRK-US relationship the DPRK, too, can continue to take additional good-will measures of the next stage commensurate with them”
President Trump and Kim Jong “had the shared recognition to the effect that is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
After the meeting, Jong Un and President Trump walked over to a lunch “given in honor of the top leaders of the DPRK and the US and participants in the talks.” Attending the lunch from the DPRK were Personal Secretariat Deputy Chief and Senior Deputy Director of the WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), WPK Vice Chairman and WPK United Front Department Director Kim Yong Chol, WPK Vice Chairman and WPK International Affairs Department Director Ri Su Yong, DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Gen. No Kwang Chol (No Kwang-ch’o’l), DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui (Ch’oe Son-hui) and WPK Economic Affairs Department Director Han Kwang Sang (Han Kwang-sang).
During the lunch views were exchanged “on further animating communication, contact and visits between both sides to cement the achievement made at the DPRK-US talks and remarkably develop DPRK-US relations.” After the lunch, President Trump and Kim Jong Un took a walk “deepening friendly feelings.” Then, they signed a joint statement “convinced that the establishment of new DPRK-US relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, recognizing that mutual confidence buildings can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
According to KCNA, the joint statement said:
1. The DPRK and the United States commit to establish new DPRK-US relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The DPRK and the United States will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 P’anmunjo’m Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The DPRK and the United States commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the DPRK-US summit, the first in history, was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening of a new future, Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.
The DPRK and the United States commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the DPRK-US summit.
Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America have committed to cooperate for the development of new DPRK- U.S. relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
Kim Jong Un said “that today both sides came to sign the historic joint statement heralding a new start, passing the past over, stating that the world would witness an important change.” Then Jong Un and President Trump “had a meaningful photo session” to “commemorate the signing of the historic document and bid him farewell.” President Trump and Kim Jong Un expressed their “expectation and believe that the two countries which lived in the quagmire of hostility, distrust and hatred would pass the unhappy past over and dynamically advance toward an excellent and proud future beneficial to each other and another new era, the era of the DPRK-US cooperation would open up.”
President Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the United States and Jong Un invited President Trump to visit Pyongyang “at a convenient time.” They “gladly accepted each other’s invitation, convinces that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations.”View Original Article