Trump, Kim chat over lunch of beef short ribs

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sign documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Journalists in attendance reported that the North Korean leader appeared "stunned" by the remarks - although he reportedly smiled after sitting down.

It wasn't immediately clear what specific progress, if any, had been made in preliminary discussions between USA and North Korean officials in the run-up to the Tuesday summit.

Speaking at a press conference after the signing, President Trump also suggested the USA would suspend its joint-military exercises with South Korea in exchange for denuclearization, calling them "very provocative".

The North Korea leader added that the "world would see a major change".

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Trump also said that he and Kim will now participate in a joint signing - but did not give any indication as to what exactly the document contained. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the plans and insisted on anonymity.

Senior officials on the USA side who attended the working lunch between the U.S. president and the North Korean leader included the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the President's National Security Advisor John Bolton and his Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

"I think he loved it", said Trump.

According to Will Ripley, CNN correspondent who has visited North Korea 19 times, the interpreter with President Trump is Dr. Yun-hyang Lee, the division chief of interpreting services at the State Department.

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