Here’s how the summit with North Korea went down

Here’s what you need to know about how the summit went down:

  • The meetings:In their first meeting, it was only President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the room with translators.  This is not standard practice.  There’s usually at least one aide present for such high-stakes discussions.
  • The agreement: Trump and Kim both signed a statement that said the North Korean leader “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” In exchange, Trump agreed to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea.
  • The press conference: President Trump held an international press conference in which he stated that Kim accepted his invitation to the White House.  The President also said he “really believes” Kim will keep his word and recounted how he told Kim North Korea could have “the best hotels in the world.”
  • The interview: President Trump gave his first post-summit interview to ABC News, in which he said Kim “trusts me, and I trust him.”
  • The reactions: There have been mostly positive reactions from the UK, Russia, South Korea, the European Union and the head of the United Nations as well; as other world figures.
  • What happens next: There aren’t many details yet on what new commitments have been definitively promised by Kim.  Whether Kim in fact sticks to nuclear disarmament will take years to distinguish.
  • The video: President Trump shared the video, “A Story of Opportunity” with Kim Jong Un at the historical Singapore summit. The four-minute video can be seen below.
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