Live updates: North Korea commits to complete denuclearisation of Korean peninsula

Rocket man and Dotard - that is what Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un had called each other previously - put their differences aside and assured world community of building relations between their countries and working on peace in the Korean peninsula.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 15:13
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SINGAPORE: Hailing talks between them, both US President Donald Trump and North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un signed a historic document - promising to end tensions on the Korean peninsula and working towards great relations between their two countries.

In a historic summit in Singapore, the two leaders first held one-on-one talks, along with translators, before another round of talks along with top aides of both leaders. After the talks, both leaders announced that the meetings were fruitful and that the world will now see a new dawn in US-North Korea relations.

Here are all the updates:

12 June 2018, 15:13 PM

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe hails summit in Singapore, calls it 'first step.'

12 June 2018, 14:57 PM

India welcomes the United States - DPRK Summit held in Singapore. This is a positive development. India has always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy: MEA

12 June 2018, 14:30 PM

"Anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace," says Trump and adds that current sanctions on North Korea will remain for the time being.

12 June 2018, 14:29 PM

"We will be stopping the war games (with South Korea). We shall save us a tremendous amount of money, a lot of money, unless and until we see that future negotaitions (with North Korea) are not going along as they should. I want to get our soldiers out, wanna get our soldiers back home. We have, right now, 32,000 soldiers in South Korea and I would like to be able to bring them back home. But that's not the part of the equation right now. I hope at some point it will be."

-- Trump

12 June 2018, 13:54 PM

Did you know? Kim's luggage to Singapore includes a portable toilet because he reportedly does not use restrooms which have previously been used.

Media reports also suggest that North Korean officials do not want Kim's excreta to be 'stolen' because it could be examined to find out details about his medical history.

12 June 2018, 13:49 PM

Trump and Kim will soon address members of the press.

12 June 2018, 13:06 PM

Click here for the full text of the document signed by Trump and Kim.

12 June 2018, 12:43 PM

The document signed between US and North Korea has four major highlights. Click here for the precise details.

12 June 2018, 12:05 PM

Details of the document signed between Trump and Kim are now emerging:

Kim has committed to complete denuclearisation  of Korean peninsula.

US has committed to 'security guarantees'.

12 June 2018, 12:03 PM

AFP reports that China has hailed the talks between Trump and Kim. 

"The fact that the two leaders can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history," Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly told members of the press.

12 June 2018, 11:43 AM

Fox News reports that Kim has left the historic summit along with Trump after signing a historic document - details of which are still awaited.

12 June 2018, 11:35 AM

I learnt a lot about Kim today, he loves his country very much. We will surely continue having more meetings and talks.

-- Donald Trump



12 June 2018, 11:29 AM

Trump says he expects demilitarization process to begin very quickly, reports Reuters. He also says that this is the first of many meetings with Kim and that both leaders will ensure peace and order is maintained.

12 June 2018, 11:20 AM

Reuters reports that Trump has officially extended an invite to Kim to visit the United States.

12 June 2018, 11:18 AM

Kim has hailed talks and says the world will see a major change after the signing of the document.

"We have decided to let go of the past."

12 June 2018, 11:15 AM

The document is a comprehensive document. We are both very honoured to sign it: Donald Trump

Details of what the document contains is still awaited.

12 June 2018, 11:14 AM

The wait for the official signing of a document, as referred to by Trump, grows. 

12 June 2018, 10:33 AM

Trump and Kim walk out of a working lunch, assures talks were positive. "They were better than what anybody could have imagined," he tells reporters.

12 June 2018, 10:29 AM

Trump shows off 'The Beast' to Kim. The heavily-armoured limousine which transports the US President is known to be the envy of world leaders.

Will Kim ask for the car in return for North Korea's denuclearization, wonders Twitter!

12 June 2018, 10:22 AM

We'll announce that in a bit: Trump when asked about the document that he and Kim would be signing.

12 June 2018, 10:18 AM

After two rounds of talks, Trump says he is ready to sign document with Kim. An official announcement may now follow.

12 June 2018, 10:15 AM

Trump hails 'really fantastic' meeting with Kim, says 'a lot of progress' made: AFP

12 June 2018, 09:41 AM

Meanwhile, the Chinese are wondering about the exact source of what Ivanka tweeted about the historic summit. Read full story here.

12 June 2018, 09:39 AM

Hey, what's cooking?

Trump, Kim and their respective aides have a scrumptious spread to look forward to as part of the official lunch. According to The Guardian, here's what's on offer on a table decorated with white and green flowers:


Traditional prawn cocktail served with avocado salad

Green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and fresh octopus

“Oiseon” Korean stuffed cucumber

Main course

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

Combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce

“Daegu jorim” soy braised cod fish with radish, Asian vegetables


Dark chocolate tartlet ganache

Haagendazs vanilla ice cream with cherry coulis


12 June 2018, 09:09 AM

"Many people would think us meeting is like a scene from a science fiction movie!"

Check out the best quotes and the best pics from the historic summit, here

12 June 2018, 08:38 AM

After one-on-one meet only with their respective interpreters, Trump and Kim enter second round of talks - this time with their respective aides.

12 June 2018, 08:09 AM

We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit & I believe that this is good for the peace.

-- Kim Jong-un 

12 June 2018, 07:42 AM

How the world is watching Trump-Kim summit:

There are reports that international markets have firmed up in the early hours of the summit.

12 June 2018, 07:40 AM

So, what do both nations want, rather expect, from one another?

For starters, US has been primarily concerned about what it considers as nuclear proliferation being done illegally by North Korea. A number of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent months has triggered alarm bells in the US - a country which previously thought claims made by North Korea about its nuclear prowess were baseless. They weren't and many experts feel now that the country is close to developing missiles that could reach the western coast of the US.

So, denuclearization is the primary demand that US has put forth. Dismantle and desist is what US has previously told North Korea and it is something that Trump is likely to repeat. Afterall, North Korea did conduct six nuclear tests in just one month - September of 2017.

Security analysts believe though that behind the smiles and waves, the issue of denuclearization might not sit too well with North Korea - a country that sees its missiles as crucial for its survival. A large part of North Korea's annual budget is dedicated to developing its nuclear weapons and modernising its military. While almost everything is done in complete secrecy, it is mostly known that Pyonyang feels its weapns are a part of its identity.

And what does North Korea expect from the US?

For starters, respect. "Even if a country had a hostile relationship with us in the past, our attitude is that if this nation respects our autonomy... we shall seek normalisation through dialogue," read a recent editorial in a government-controlled media outlet.

North Korea is also, perhaps, expecting tight UN sanctions imposed on it to be relaxed. In return for denuclearization, only relaxed sanctions though is unlikely to figure as a prominent demand. For now, only guessing games are being played about what the real demand might be just in case North Korea does agree to give up its nukes.

12 June 2018, 07:28 AM

Donald Trump says one-on-one meeting with Kim was 'very, very good'. He adds that they have an excellent relationship: Associated Press.

12 June 2018, 07:20 AM

'Terrific' and 'tremendous' - two words that have set the tone for the historic US-North Korea summit between Trump and Kim.

All though has not been this cordial between the two countries and its two leaders.

While the US and North Korea have been bitter enemies for decades, relations nosedived when both Trump and Kim began taking potshots at each other following a number of missile tests by North Korea.



In January of this year, Trump even said he has his hands on a button for nuclear weapons that are bigger and more powerful than any that North Korea has.

North Korea hit back at the 'boast' by calling Trump a 'rabid dog'.

12 June 2018, 06:55 AM

Trump to media persons: I think we will have a great discussion and have tremendous success. It is my honour and our countries will have a tremendous relationship, I have no doubt.

12 June 2018, 06:52 AM

Kim to Trump: Old prejudices and practices work as obstacles in our way forward but we have overcome all of that and are here today.

Trump: That's true.

12 June 2018, 06:50 AM

Trump and Kim shaking hands could be a sign of normalisation of relations between the United States and North Korea - two countries that have seen each other with suspicion for decades. Just before the start of the summit, Trump had predicted start of fruitful relations between the two countries.

12 June 2018, 06:43 AM

The moment people were eagerly waiting for has happened - a smile, a nod and a firm handshake as Trump and Kim greet each other for the first time ever. Press cameras go buzzing as the photos would be relayed not just around the world instantly but will re-circulate for years and years - regardless of the outcome of the meeting.

12 June 2018, 06:39 AM

Trump has previously said that the success of the summit would determine if he would extend an invite to Kim Jong-un to come calling at the White House.

This would have been impossible to imagine just a few months back with both leaders trading barbs - prompting many to predict a nuclear war.

12 June 2018, 06:37 AM

Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Sentosa Island for their much-awaited meeting.