What really happened in Singapore? Ten quick pointers

History was created when US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un met in Singapore on Tuesday, just months after threatening each other with nuclear catastrophe and boasting about the size and capabilities of each others' missiles.

The meeting was in two parts, first a one-on-one with just interpreters involved and then a bigger meeting with each sides' delegates.

But what truly came out of it? 

Here are ten pointers

(i) North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has committed to “work towards” the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The agreement signed in Singapore also commits the two countries “peace and prosperity”.

(ii) The US and North Korea agreed to recover the remains of prisoners of war from the conflict between North and South Korea, and the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

(iii) Trump said the US would halt joint military drills with longtime ally South Korea. Trump called it "provocative". The exercises have infuriated North Korea for years.

(iv) North Korea will be dismantling a missile facility, according to Trump. This was an item not detailed in the signed documents, but Trump said at a briefing Kim had pledged to begin winding down some facilities. 

(v) South Korea praised the outcome and both Trump and Kim. But President Moon Jae-in acknowledged there could be difficulties ahead, and most experts agree there will need to be many more meetings to hammer out the details.

(vi) China also welcomed the summit as historic. The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters that the fact that the two leaders “can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history.”

(vii) Trump has said his talks with Kim Jong-un were “better than anybody could imagine”. The two leaders initially met in private for 38 minutes accompanied only by translators. They later held a working lunch with top aides. Trump and Kim also walked in a garden together and Trump took Kim to see the inside of the presidential limo known as 'The Beast'.

(viii) The talks were the first time a sitting US president has had a meeting with a leader of North Korea. Trump and Kim met on the steps of the Capella hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore and shook hands in front of a display of US and North Korean flags. The handshake lasted about 12 seconds.

(ix) Speaking through an interpreter Kim said: “Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy from a science fiction movie.” After the signing ceremony Kim’s motorcade headed for the airport.
Sitting together for a brief photo call before officials talks, Trump said it was an “honour” to be there with the North Korean leader. Kim said the pair had overcome many “obstacles” to make it to the summit.

(x) The leaders’ mutual friend Dennis Rodman appeared on TV during the summit in an emotional sideshow, saying: “It’s a great day. I’m here to see it. I’m so happy.”

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