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Trump-Kim summit live: North Korean leader commits to 'complete denuclearisation' - latest news updatesDonald Trump and Kim Jong-un in historic meeting The full document signed by leaders as they ‘leave past behind’ US president declares denuclearisation to begin ‘very quickly’ North Korean leader says: ‘The world will see a major change’ Trump set to hold Press conference in Singapore at 9am BST The handshake, the meeting, the document: All we know Tim Stanley comment: Kim Jong-un is winning summit Front pages: How the world reacted to long-awaited moment Kim Jong-un has committed to “complete denuclearisation” as he met Donald Trump in a historic summit after a year of exchanging warmongering threats and personal insults. In a joint agreement, the North Korean leader and US President vowed to establish “new” relations between Washington and Pyongyang in a document signed by the pair in Singapore on Tuesday. However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” – jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspections. “I think both sides will be very impressed with the result,” said Mr Trump, adding that more details would be provided later. He is due to hold a Press conference at 9am BST (4pm local time). After a working lunch concluded a morning of negotiations, the two leaders held a signing ceremony, with Mr Trump calling it a “comprehensive” agreement. Mr Kim said “we are leaving the past behind us” as he pledged “the world will see a major change”. Saying he had formed a “special bond” with Mr Kim, the US president said he would be inviting his North Korean counterpart to the White House. Signed and sealed: Donald Trump shows the document he and Kim Jong-un put their names to in Singapore Credit: JONATHAN ERNST /Reuters Asked earlier about the discussions, Mr Trump said: “A really fantastic meeting – a lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line.” Before lunch, he hailed his “excellent” relationship with Mr Kim and predicted the pair will “solve” the Korean Peninsula stand-off. The US president said his one-on-one meeting with the North Korean leader, which lasted around 40 minutes, was “very good” and predicted “tremendous success”.  The comments came after the two leaders shared a 12-second handshake as they met for the first time in front of a dozen American and North Korean flags.  Mr Trump patted Kim on the arm and shared some words before the pair turned and posed for the cameras in Singapore.  Trump-Kim summit in pictures: Best photos from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting in Singapore The body language was surprisingly warm, with the pair at times smiling and laughing as they walked along a collonade towards their meeting. Mr Kim greeted his American counterpart with the words: “Nice to meet you Mr President.” Never before have a sitting North Korean and American leader met. The summit took place at the luxury Capella resort on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast.  Before their talks – which they held alone except for interpreters – both men expressed optimism about the summit.  “I feel really great,” said Mr Trump. “We are gonna have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful. It’s my honour. We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.” Mr Kim said: “The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today.” History in the making: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump look at each other before signing the document Credit: JONATHAN ERNST /Reuters The sight of the two men sitting side-by-side encapsulated a remarkable turnaround in the pair’s relationship, given they were trading insults and threats last year.  Mr Trump had said he would known within a minute if Mr Kim was serious about giving up his nuclear arsenal and, when the pair emerged, Mr Trump was pleased.  Asked how the talks went, Mr Trump said from a balcony: “Very good. Very, very good. Excellent relationship.” Mr Kim stood next to him, but did not respond when repeatedly asked by reporters whether he was prepared to denuclearise.  Next the pair had a bilateral meeting with advisers. John Kelly, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, John Bolton, his national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, joined from the American side.  The hand of friendship? Kim Jong-un pats Donald Trump on the back as the pair leave the signing ceremony Credit: SAUL LOEB /AFP There were also lighter moments. At one point Mr Kim’s translator was heard telling Mr Trump that many people would think the summit was like a “science fiction movie”. Both sides later enjoyed a “working lunch” with an even wider group of aides. Prawn cocktail was among the starters and vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream was served for dessert. Stay with us for the latest updates and reaction throughout the day. Korea summit | Read more 8:36AM China suggests sanctions reduction could be considered for North Korea China’s Foreign Ministry has said that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea, after Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed the deal. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at daily news briefing in Beijing. 8:15AM Analysis: Tim Stanley on what has been agreed We’re about two thirds of the way through the day’s events: the leaders have met, had lunch and signed a communique. Now we await Donald Trump’s Press conference, at which he will debrief us: what was actually agreed? In fact, we already know, because the President kindly held up the communique for the cameras after he signed it. Mr Trump’s signature on the left always looks like it’s been faxed over by a madman – and it was scrawled in gold on the pens used by the two leaders, although, in an odd twist, a North Korean apparatchik replaced Kim’s at the last minute, presumably to avoid assassination by poison pen. Anyone else spot this? There were two “Donald Trump” signing pens, NK official came in and shined up the one for Kim, then at the last minute Kim Yo Jong pulled out her own per to use instead of the one provided. Kim used that and back it went in her blazer. (Pool video) pic.twitter.com/dZWEK22IdF— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 12, 2018 What has been agreed? The two countries say they will continue talking, a process that hinges on this quid pro quo: the US has “committed to provide security guarantees” in exchange for “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsular.” Reaction is mixed. Some say this isn’t much different from earlier communiques and that it’s missing the kind of language about verification that would make it truly tough. The difference between this and the agreements struck in the Nineties, of course, is the immediate presence of both leaders. Kim and Trump are personally involved, staking their reputations on the success of this agreement.  One final thought: there is no language about human rights. That’s not the subject of this summit, it’s true, but the classic conservative objection to North Korea is not just about arms control. It’s about the regime’s subjugation of its citizens. 8:05AM Full statement signed by two leaders Here is the full text of the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un around an hour ago: Joint Statement of President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit President Donald J Trump of the United  States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Convinced that the establishment of a new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that the mutual confidence-building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Prenisinulsa, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un start the following: The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two counties for peace and prosperity The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK simmit – the first in history – was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two counties and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expediently. The US and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit. President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world. June 12, 2018 Sentosa Island 7:51AM After the talks… more talks The joint document also says that US Secretary of State Pompeo and a senior North Korean official will hold follow-up talks as soon as possible. 7:40AM What the leaders have signed The White House has yet to release the document’s text. But it was photographed by the news media during a signing ceremony. It shows the North Korean leader has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.  A close-up shot of the document signed by the leaders Credit: SAUL LOEB /AFP However, the text made no mention of US demands for “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” – which is jargon for scrapping weapons and committing to inspections – but did restate the vaguer commitment. The document lays out four broad commitments. It says the sides “commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.” And it says they will commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action. 7:31AM Kim commits to ‘complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula’ Kim Jong-un has committed to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in the joint text signed by him and Donald Trump, according to the AFP news agency. We are expecting to see the document in full in the next couple of hours. 7:16AM ‘The world will see a major change’ Trump and Kim’s comments from signing ceremony US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a “comprehensive” and “important” document, although there are still no details of what they have actually agreed to, reports Nicola Smith. The two leaders signed the leather-bound documents with flourish in a post-lunch ceremony, shaking hands twice while smiling and thanking each other. “We’re signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document, we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship,” said Mr Trump. “We’re both very honoured to sign the document.” Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump smile and shake hands after the document signing on Sentosa Island Credit: Evan Vucci /AP Kim was less talkative, appearing to allow Mr Trump to take the lead. However, speaking through an interpreter, he called the document “historic.” He added: “The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.” The US president said the contents of the agreement would be revealed at a press conference later today. He refused to answer a question from a small pool of journalists in the room about whether the North Koreans had signed up to full denuclearisation. When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House he said he “absolutely would”. 6:49AM China ‘welcomes and supports talks’ Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said China “welcomes and supports talks” between the leaders of North Korea and the US,  China Correspondent Neil Connor reports from Beijing.  Mr Wang said “peaceful dialogue is the only right way to resolve the peninsula issue, and China will continue to play a unique and important role in it,” Chinese media reported. The comments were made just moments before the signing ceremony. “I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past,” President Trump says after signing unspecified document https://t.co/3Ua7REo4Ivpic.twitter.com/06Gg79IafT— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 12, 2018 6:46AM Kim will be invited to White House Mr Trump concludes the signing ceremony by saying he will invite Mr Kim to the White House. 6:45AM ‘A very special bond’ Mr Trump says “we have developed a very special bond” and thanks “Chairman Kim”. He said it worked out better for both of them than anyone had predicted.  6:43AM Kim: We are leaving the past behind Mr Kim says “we are leaving the past behind” and thanks Mr Trump for making the summit happen.  The US president says they are starting the process of denuclearisation very quickly, but will not go into details of the letter.  6:40AM Leaders arrive for signing And here come Mr Kim and Mr Trump, who calls it an “important and comprehensive” document. 6:23AM Preparations under way for signing A room is being prepared for an official signing ceremony, which appears to be imminent.  Seems like the venue for some sort of signing ceremony #TrumpKimSummitpic.twitter.com/armdjOcQPt— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) June 12, 2018 6:17AM Document will ‘pledge to keep momentum alive’ CNN is reporting that a ‘signing’ referenced by Trump will be a document from US and North Korea to acknowledge progress and a pledge to keep momentum alive. A US official declines to get ahead of president with hard specifics. 6:03AM Trump’s stroll with Kim The leaders are progressing to a signing ceremony shortly but nobody knows what they are signing yet, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore. Trump and Kim took a short and awkward stroll after lunch, along a path next to the hotel.  Their conversation looked stilted and was inaudible but at some point Trump appeared to be pointing to the plants in the garden while making comments to Kim. He also showed Kim the interior of the presidential limousine. Although they had the language barrier to contend with, there were no signs of the natural warmth that seemed to exist between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in from the first moment they met in April. Speaking to reporters waiting at the end of the path, Trump said that lots of progress had been made.  BREAKING: Trump emerges with Kim Jong Un from working lunch, says they are going to a “signing” momentarily but does not disclose what will be signed. https://t.co/4hHj9ezQKOpic.twitter.com/aO5u8qa0eL— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 12, 2018 5:49AM Trump and Kim seen walking together alone This is typical Trump, bringing some theatrics to proceedings. It is still not known what they will be signing – or when.  Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are going for a walk by themselves, no translators. pic.twitter.com/xPSrDWH4oL— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) June 12, 2018 5:43AM ‘We are going right now for a signing’ There is nothing on the schedule between lunch and a press conference at 4pm – however Mr Trump has told reporters that “we are going right now for a signing”. According to CNN, he said: “A really fantastic meeting — a lot of progress. Better than anybody could have expected Top of the line.” 5:35AM Trump cracks a joke before lunch President Donald Trump joked about his appearance as he prepared to sit down to lunch with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said to photographers at Tuesday’s summit in Singapore: “Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.” LIVE: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hold a working lunch after hours of summit talks https://t.co/PWu7ZkLYhw— Bloomberg (@business) June 12, 2018 A video feed provided by the summit host showed Mr Trump, Mr Kim and their aides taking their places at a long table.  Mr Trump took his spot in the middle of the table, and Kim opposite him.  5:31AM Kim is ‘winning the summit’ Filing from Singapore, the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley believes Kim Jong-un is “winning the summit” so far. It’s true that Donald Trump has secured a number of concessions from North Korea in exchange for political engagement: Hostage releases and a pledge to suspend the nuclear programme. But diplomacy is a propaganda war, and Kim has proven to be sophisticated at manipulating opinion. U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, fourth from right, arrive for a working lunch at Capella Hotel  Credit: AP It began before the meeting with Mr Trump, when he left his hotel on Monday night to go for a waddle around Singapore. Kim was greeted with cheers; politicians asked for a selfie. Bearing in mind that he is a dictator with the power of life and death over millions (something he routinely exercises) this transformation into a happy tourist was remarkable – and continued the next morning when he met Mr Trump, the two men smiling and apparently at ease with one another. They shook hands standing in front of a row of flags, alternately American and North Korean. Read the full story. 5:09AM Sides sit down for working lunch The US and North Korean teams have broken for lunch, which is an elaborate fusion of western and Korean delicacies, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore. A total of 15 people are sitting round the table at the Capella Hotel. Besides the negotiating teams currently thrashing out the details of a possible denuclearisation team, Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, has been invited to the lunch, as has White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. On the US side, two of the officials involved in intricate back channel negotiations in the run up to the summit – Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, and Matthew Pottinger, deputy assistant to the President for Asian affairs, will be present. US and NK delegations take their seats for working lunch at Summit. Pres Trump calls Kim Jong-un, Chairman. His titles include Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK. pic.twitter.com/Wg2CUtaSlF— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 12, 2018 North Korea’s participants will include No Kwang Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Choe Son Hui, the vice-minister of foreign affairs and Han Kwang Sang, the director of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Lunch will begin with a conventional western starter of prawn cocktail and avocado salad, followed by some flavours of Asia in the form of green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and fresh octopus, and “Oiseon”, a Korean stuff cucumber. The main course will also strike a balance between Korean and Western tastes. The diners will be treated to beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steamed broccolini, red wine sauce on the side. Also on the menu is a combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce. And, perhaps to cater to Kim’s palate, chefs have prepared “Daegu jorim”, a soy braised cod fish with radish and Asian vegetables. If the participants still have space for dessert, dark chocolate tartlet ganache is on offer and, in a boost for Haagen Dazs’ global brand, their vanilla ice cream will be drizzled with cheery coulis. 4:33AM The menu for the working lunch The sides will be breaking for lunch in a short while – and Mr Trump won’t be able to have his usual burger. Menu for the Trump-Kim working lunch, per White House. pic.twitter.com/VmGK9U6XR7— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) June 12, 2018 4:15AM China baffled by Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’ Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a “Chinese proverb” Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. “Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 11, 2018 China’s internet quickly lit up, puzzled rather than flattered by the reference. “Our editor really can’t think of exactly which proverb this is. Please help!” the news channel for Sina – the company behind Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like platform – wrote on its official social media account. In thousands of comments on Weibo, users proferred scores of different suggestions without arriving at a consensus. Some suggested the proverb “the foolish old man removed mountains” – a common phrase used to signify perseverance. It refers to a fable about a man who persisted in his attempt to level a mountain he found inconvenient by dogged digging. Her mysterious proverb was panned on Weibo. “She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express,” one user wrote. 4:11AM The view from North Korea North Koreans, meanwhile, are yet to find out what’s happened today. In case you’re wondering, North Koreans haven’t seen any of this yet. State TV isn’t due on the air until 3pm. pic.twitter.com/vTyOrfIh3T— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 12, 2018 4:09AM The view from South Korea President Trump had a last minute phone call with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, on the eve of the summit, Nicola Smith reports.  On Tuesday morning President Moon expressed hope for the summit’s success, which he said would open a new era of a peaceful, nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, and admitted he had had a sleepless night, reported the Yonhap News agency. “I guess the attention of all our people must currently be directed toward Singapore,” he said, after watching the live broadcast of the opening of the meeting. South Korea’s president and prime minister together watched a live stream of the summit opening. You can see their reaction on their faces #TrumpKimSummitpic.twitter.com/GPwa0gy3SB— Elise Hu (@elisewho) June 12, 2018 Mr Moon and his Cabinet delayed their weekly meeting for more than 10 minutes to watch the historic handshake. “I too spent a sleepless night. I, along with all our people, sincerely hope that it will be a successful summit that will open a new era of complete denuclearisation, peace and a new relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States,” Moon said, according to presidential office pool reports. Earlier this week, Moon attempted to manage expectations for the unprecedented meeting. He stressed that the success of the U.S.-North Korea summit would only be the start of a “long process” to completely denuclearise the North and establish lasting peace between North and South, two countries technically at war since the Korean War of 1950-53 ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. “The deep-rooted hostile relationship and the North Korean nuclear issue cannot be resolved in one single action in a meeting between leaders,” Moon told his top aides on Monday. “Even after the two leaders open the dialogue, we will need a long process that may take one year, two years or even longer to completely resolve the issues.” Some more trending keywords in Korea as today unfolds — “Peace declaration,” “meeting of the century” and “The North Korean flag and star spangled banned” #TicTocNews#TrumpKimSummitpic.twitter.com/VSh0MADIA8— Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) June 12, 2018 Although South Korea does not have a seat at the table today, the South Korean public are waiting eagerly to hear the outcome. Trending words on South Korean social media right now include “peace declaration”, “meeting of the century”, “The North Korean flag and star spangled banner” 3:55AM ‘Like a science fiction movie’ CNN’s Jim Acosta says Kim Jong-un was caught on tape remarking that this was like “a science fiction movie”. U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk together during their official meetings Credit: AP 3:51AM The meeting – in pictures Some more remarkable pictures are emerging from the summit. And just to remind you, all this is happening  about 220 miles from where Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinated – allegedly at the behest of the North Korean leader. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump share a joke as they shake hands during their historic summit Credit: Getty North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U. S. President Donald Trump stand together at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island  Credit: AP 3:33AM Rodman: ‘Obama didn’t even give me the time of day’ Rob Crilly has filed on Dennis Rodman’s unusual appearance on CNN. The former basketball star broke down on live television as he described his feelings of vindication at the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Read the full story here.  His appearance also raised eyebrows among some North Korea experts. When @chriscuomo@cnn tells James Clapper that Dennis Rodman is their “best resource right now” on the #TrumpKimSummitpic.twitter.com/USzGCqyHbi— Anne Pellegrino (@annemp13) June 12, 2018 3:25AM Snap analysis The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley gives his initial verdict on what we’ve seen so far. 3:16AM Who’s at the table The two delegations are now getting down to the serious business of resolving the problem of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons, writes Nicola Smith in Singapore. Four men from each delegation are currently sitting on opposite sides of an imposing polished wooden table. In Team Trump, we have Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, John Bolton, the national security advisor and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff. U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un before their expanded bilateral meeting in Singapore Credit: Reuters Team Kim includes Ri Su Yong, a top foreign affairs official, Kim Yong Chol, the former spy chief, and Ri Yong Ho the foreign minister. No sign of Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who sat next to him during his talks with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president in April. The female interpreter is also in the room. 3:12AM ‘We will solve it’ After the meeting with Kim Jong-un, Mr Trump said that by “working together, we will get it taken care of”.   “We will solve it,” he added ahead of the expanded bilateral meeting. U.S. President Donald Trump is seen with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un before their expanded bilateral meeting in Singapore Credit: Reuters 3:07AM The anatomy of a leader So great has been the scrutiny of this summit, one South Korean paper has apparently analysed the body of Kim Jong-un. This happened … a South Korean paper analyzed KJU’s bodily functions pic.twitter.com/IaYoP0DTAm— Elise Hu (@elisewho) June 12, 2018 3:00AM One-to-one meeting has ended The two leaders have finished their one-to-one, with the US president saying it was “very, very good”. He added that they have an “excellent relationship”. John Kelly, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton will now join them for an expanded bilateral meeting. US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he sits down with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un Credit: AFP 2:42AM Dennis Rodman gets emotional on CNN The former basketball star got tearful as he spoke on CNN about his meetings with Kim Jong-un.  Dennis Rodman gets emotional as he describes what it was like when he visited North Korea and returned home: “Today’s a great day for everybody.” pic.twitter.com/jhXWfo2Y8M— Axios (@axios) June 12, 2018 2:38AM The meeting – in pictures U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to shake hands at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Credit: Reuters Donald Trump prepares to shake hands with Kim Jong-un Credit: Reuters The handshake itself Credit: AFP Donald Trump pats the arm of Kim Jong-un after shaking his hand Credit: AFP   2:32AM “Long, firm and historic’ The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley is in Singapore and has this on the handshake. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s handshake was long, firm and historic. Mr Trump arrived at the Capella hotel on Sentosa island looking slightly pensive, fiddling with his jacket buttons; Mr Kim appeared relaxed. When they met – striding towards each other in front of a row of DPRK and USA flags – one was one struck immediately by the height difference. Mr Trump, towering above the North Korean, patted him on the back, asserting dominance in the way Western politicians and businessmen have been trained to do. The handshake – that astonishing, ground-breaking handshake – lasted about 10 seconds. There was a fierce debate among my fellow reporters over which hands were bigger. U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Credit: Reuters Next came the sit down for the cameras. Mr Kim, leaning forward and smiling now, said it was “not easy to get here” and spoke of “overcoming” old prejudices. Mr Trump – legs spread apart, fingers forming a triangle – said he agreed and reached out to offer another handshake. They clearly wanted to get down to business. This meeting represents a radical change in decades of policy, and yet it also seemed quite normal, even unpretentious. What comes of it we shall hopefully find out later. 2:18AM Trump expects ‘great relationship’ with Kim The pair gave a few comments before beginning talks. Mr Trump predicts he will have a “great relationship” with Kim Jong-un and expects the summit will be a great success. Mr Kim said they had overcome “all obstacles” to hold this summit. They then shook hands for a third time. 2:07AM The moment And there it is pic.twitter.com/2yD8bnzror— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 12, 2018 2:06AM Trump and Kim greet each other Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met and shaken hands ahead of their summit. Mr Trump, who is 6 foot 3 inches, towered over Kim, who is around 5 foot 7 inches and close to 40 years younger than the US president. 2:02AM And we’re set Kim Jong-un arrives at Capella Hotel for summit with Pres Trump. pic.twitter.com/1HKctdQDav— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 12, 2018 And a few minutes later, Pres Trump arrives at hotel entrance for summit. pic.twitter.com/p8c5xhJR9V— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 12, 2018 2:00AM More on Kudlow Larry Kudlow, the chief White House economic adviser, suffered a heart attack and is being treated at a Washington area hospital, according to a tweet sent from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Larry Kudlow Credit: Bloomberg Mr Kudlow made headlines after the G7 summit when he appeared on Sunday morning talks shows to deliver a blistering attack on Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. Click here to read more.  1:58AM Boost for North Korea Over on South Korean TV broadcasts, analysts say North Korea will be very impressed with its flags side to side by the US flag. “NK media will use this image to tell the people that NK is now on equal status” #TrumpKimSummithttps://t.co/1imS5UfJFA— Elise Hu (@elisewho) June 12, 2018 1:47AM The scene is set Who would have thought 9 months ago, after the UN speech and then the “dotard” statement, we’d see this. pic.twitter.com/eORPzWdBSP— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 12, 2018 1:41AM Trump tweets that aide has suffered heart attack The US president has tweeted some news from the US, saying his chief economic adviser has suffered a heart attack. Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018   1:38AM Kim arrives  And now Kim Jong-un has arrived at the Capella Hotel. The motorcade of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un leaves the St. Regis Hotel on the way to the Capella Hotel Credit: AP We’re about 20 minutes away from that historic handshake – a moment that Trump is known to use as a diplomatic power play.   1:25AM Trump arrives Mt Trump has arrived at the summit site on Singapore’s Sentosa Island for the historic meeting,  Kim Jong-un will be joining him shortly.  Kim Jong Un is on his way to meet Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/NqdvywWO1Z— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) June 12, 2018 1:22AM Kim Jong-un’s remarkable turnaround Ben Riley-Smith, US editor, has this from Singapore: Just for a moment, let us dwell on quite how remarkable this meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump really is today. Last year, Kim was an international outcast. He was testing nuclear weapons with the hope of developing one that could hit mainland America. The brutal assassination of his half-brother Kim Jong-nam, murdered with a nerve agent in early 2017, was likely at the behest of Kim himself. Rocket man: How Kim Jong-un emerged from his father’s shadow to silence the doubters His regime had dubbed Mr Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard” – someone who is senile – and was in turn called “Little Rocket Man” by the US president. The North Korean regime was the target of some of the hardest-hitting economic sanctions ever passed by the United Nations while Mr Trump’s administration was debating the merits of a military attack. And yet, in 35 minutes, Mr Trump will meet alone with Kim, save for translators. No sitting US and North Korea leaders have ever met before. Whether the talks will bring the breakthrough on denuclearisation that the Trump administration hopes is not at all clear. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, visits Singapore Credit: Reuters US media reports have suggested North Korean officials have pushed back on the demand and experts are suspicious of Kim’s Damascene conversion to peace. But Kim has already won one achievement – recognition. He has met the leaders of China and South Korea twice each this year, and imminently the US leader too. The heads of Russia, Japan and even Syria could be next. An international pariah just six months ago, the North Korean leader is now meeting the world’s most powerful men. That will likely continue, whatever happens today. 1:16AM Kim Jong-un leaves for summit And now the North Korean leader has left his hotel, the St Regis, and his headed to the summit venue. There is about 45 minutes to go before it is due to start. 1:12AM Trump tweeting in the car Trump locked in and focused. Tweeting about domestic victories as he goes. Just won big Supreme Court decision on Voting! Great News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018 1:09AM So what might happen today? Professor Robert Kelly, (yes, that one), has outlined succinctly the possible outcomes today. “So I figure this thing today will go 1 of two ways. 1. Team Trump really does have almost nothing out of the N Koreans. The scramble yesterday was an effort to get something, anything out of them, including conceding extraordinary security guarantees. This is why success has been repeatedly re-defined downward from a Nobel a month to just more talks in the future today. This is also why the whole thing has been chopped to a short event. They just don’t have much. The other possibility is that some kind of deal has been worked out, and it will be sprung upon us for the surprise theatrics Trump loves so much. This would of explain Pompeii’s confidence yesterday about ‘rapid progress,’ in which case the summit’s been chopped down, because the extra time is not needed. 1:05AM Trump departs for summit Mr Trump has left the Shangri-La Hotel and is heading for the summit venue at the Capella hotel on the island of Sentosa. 12:42AM Who are the negotiators? Here’s a quick who’s who of who will be facing off in the room today. Who is at the negotiating table Read more here about the small army of diplomats, experts and officials who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in the run-up to the historic summit to ensure it goes without a hitch. 12:25AM Trump to do interview after summit Fox News says the US President will sit down with host Sean Hannity shortly after the summit. The broadcaster says the interview will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore before the US president departs the city state in the evening.  The interview will air on Fox’s “Hannity” at 9 pm on Tuesday in the US – 2am BST.  Fox News says Trump will talk about the meeting with Kim and future relations between the two countries. Hannity is a friend and confidant of the president and speaks out in support of Trump on his show. 12:16AM US officials on the move Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, says on Twitter the US side is “ready for today” as he posted a picture of the US delegates apparently preparing to to head off. We’re ready for today. #singaporesummit@StateDeptpic.twitter.com/65M9nKYiQ1— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 11, 2018   12:12AM North Korean media on Kim’s walkabout North Korean state media described Kim Jong-un’s walkabout in Singapore on Monday night as a tour to learn about “social and economic development.” The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made a rare disclosure of the young leader’s whereabouts, confirming that he had toured some of Singapore’s most famous sites. Kim was seen on international news broadcasts smiling and waving to astonished crowds, as he walked through some of the city-state’s business night entertainment spots, and took in the panorama of Singapore’s business district from the rooftop of the exclusive Marina Bay Sands hotel. And some photos from last night’s outing, courtesy of Korea Central News Agency. One including him being received like a star by the public. pic.twitter.com/0I9I8jWSvM— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 At the start of the excursion, Vivian Balakrishnan, posted a selfie with Kim on Twitter, with the teasing hashtag, #guesswhere? KCNA opted for a more sober tone. “Going round the Great Flower Garden, one of the prides of Singapore, Sky Park located on the roof of the world-famous Marina Bay Sands building and Singapore Port, he learned about the social and economic development of the Republic of Singapore,” it said.  12:00AM Plan for the day Here’s the planned running order of the day.  9am local [2am BST]: Trump meets Kim. One-on-one meeting (plus translators) begins 9.15 and due to last 45 minutes 10am: Pompeo (secretary of state), John Kelly, chief of staff, and John Bolton, National Security Adviser  join a bilateral meeting 11:30am: Meeting is further expanded with team including Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, and Sung Kim, key negotiator, joining for a working lunch 4pm: Trump press conference. 7pm: Trump leaves for Washington 11:36PM Kim the tourist Kim Jong-un has rarely left his country as leader, so the North Korean leader has taken the chance to do some sight-seeing in Singapore.. He even posed for what is thought to be his first “selfie”. The North Korean dictator smiled as Vivian Balakrishnan, the city-state’s foreign minister, took a photograph of them together on his mobile phone, which he then posted on Facebook and Twitter, writes Nick Allen. #Jalanjalan#guesswhwere? pic.twitter.com/oVOk8UuqlC— Vivian Balakrishnan (@VivianBala) June 11, 2018 Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s education minister, also squeezed into the historic selfie, his shoulder touching Kim’s. Read the full story. 11:21PM Trump kicks off the day with tweets With less than three hours to go until the summit, the US president has started this historic day in customary fashion – on Twitter.  He was his usual combative self, taking a swipe at past presidents’ efforts to tackle North Korea as well as those critical of his current efforts. Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018 The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers. We have our hostages, testing, research and all missle launches have stoped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018  


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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain commits suicide at 61

  1. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain commits suicide at 61  New York Daily News
  2. Anthony Bourdain, CNN host and celebrity chef, hanged himself with bathrobe belt  Fox News
  3. Anthony Bourdain Was ‘Giddy’ Just a Week Before His Death, Says Longtime CNN Coworker  PEOPLE.com
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Woman commits suicide after she says surgeon removed ovaries 'in the way' without consent

A renowned British surgeon is under investigation after a patient accused him of saying he removed her ovaries because they were “in the way” during surgery in 2016.  Lucinda Methuen-Campbell hanged herself in January after telling loved ones she could no longer live with the pain.

     

 

 


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Woman commits suicide after surgeon removes ovaries that were 'in the way' without consent

A renowned British surgeon is under investigation after a patient accused him of saying he removed her ovaries because they were “in the way” during surgery in 2016.  Lucinda Methuen-Campbell hanged herself in January after telling loved ones she could no longer live with the pain.

     

 

 


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