Donald Trump says Kim Jong-Un made 'unwavering commitment' to denuclearise North Korea

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U.S. President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un During Landmark Summit In Singapore
Trump says the denuclearisation will be verified by both Korea and international observers (Source: Getty)

Donald Trump has praised Kim Jong-Un for giving an “unwavering commitment” to denuclearisation, following a historic agreement between the two world leaders.

The US President and North Korean chairman revealed they had signed a document in which Trump gave security guarantees to the DPRK in response to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The two sides have pledged to attempt to build a lasting and stable peace regime, as well as repatriating the remains of prisoners of war or others

During a press conference from Singapore, Trump said he and Kim had spent “intensive hours together”, during an "honest, direct and productive" meeting. Trump thanked his counterpart for taking "a bold step for his people".

Trump insisted “it will be verified” by both Koreans and international observers, arguing that the reason the document lacked detail was because "there wasn't time".

After the the document was signed Kim agreed verbally to destroying North Korea’s “major missile engine testing site”, Trump said.

“Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people,” Trump said.

He added that the agreement would save the US "a lot of money", saying the country would be "stopping the war games".

He also called Kim a “very talented” leader, following a question about North Korea’s human rights record.

The UK's foreign secretary Boris Johnson said: “We welcome that President Trump and Kim Jong Un have held a constructive summit. This is an important step towards the stability of a region vital to global economic growth and home to thousands of British Nationals and important UK interests.

“The reaffirmation of North Korea’s commitment in the Panmunjom Declaration to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is a signal that Kim Jong Un may have finally heeded the message that only a change of course can bring a secure and prosperous future to the people of North Korea.

“There is much work still to be done and we hope Kim continues to negotiate in good faith towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. The UK will continue to support the United States in its efforts to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.”

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