North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have signed a “historic” document that would lead to “major change,” they announced at a joint news conference after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore.
The contents of the document have not been immidiately disclosed, but Trump said that he will hold a press conference on the matter later in the day.
“We’ve developed a very special bond,” Trump said, sitting next to “chairman” Kim after what he called an “intensive time”together. He vowed to start the process “very, very quickly” without specifying what exactly is going to happen.
“Today we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind, and we are about to sign a historic document. The world will a see a major change,” Kim said, before thanking his US counterpart for the meeting.
After the signing ceremony Trump said that, from now on, the Korean peninsula “is going to be very much a different situation than it has in the past.”
Shortly after the meeting, the media began quoting the document, based on pieces of text that had been captured in photographs. In the agreement, the leaders reportedly pledged to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and “to build a lasting and stable peace regime,” according to AP.
The two sides are going to hold further negotiations involving US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, aimed at implementing the results of the summit, Russian news agency Interfax reports.
The US also vowed to provide security guarantees to North Korea, which had been sought by Pyongyang due to its concerns about American military drills in the region. However, it is still unclear what type of guarantees were discussed.
Another point of the final agreement was reportedly a commitment to recovering prisoners of war remains by both sides.