Historic handshake, 'The world will see a major change'


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Historic handshake, 'The world will see a major change'

International Desk 2018-06-12 16:06:28 Comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to destroy All his nukes following the historic summit in Singapore with US President Donald Trump - who said the 65-year Korean War "will soon end".

The two leaders shared a handshake before a 41-minute private meeting, after which Donald Trump said the denuclearisation process would start "very quickly".

Trump also announced that he will stop conducting US military "war games" with ally South Korea while negotiations between the two countries continue.

While Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, the move is seen as an olive branch to North Korea, who has long objected to the annual exercises, viewing them as practice for future military action against the North by the United States.

Speaking of their meeting, Donald Trump said it had gone "better than anyone could have expected".

He told reporters: "It is a tremendous honour, and I have no doubt we will have a terrific relationship."

Kim Jong-un said, in Korean: “The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we’ve overcome all of them, and we are here today", to which Trump replied "that's true".

Kim added: "There were moments when we covered our ears and eyes, but we have overcome them to arrive here."

After a working lunch, the two leaders signed the agreement, with Trump promising they would start the denuclearisation process "very, very quickly".

"We are going to sign this historic agreement," says Kim. "The world will see a major change."

In the agreement, Kim committed to 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula'.

While it's unclear how long the denuclearisation process will take, Kim will start the process "right away" and "he wants to do the right thing", Trump said.

The pair are the first leaders of their nations to ever meet, despite throwing insults at one another just months earlier.

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