Trump says Kim to start denuclearize process ‘right away’

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged today (June 12) to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to providing security guarantees for its old enemy.

The joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved but Trump fleshed out some details at a news conference.

Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start “right away”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold follow-up negotiations “at the earliest possible date”, the statement said. Trump told the news conference that the process would be verified and that the verification “will involve having a lot of people in North Korea”.

He also said Kim had told him North Korea was destroying a major engine-testing site used for missiles but maintained international sanctions on Pyongyang would stay in place for now.

Trump added that the sanctions against North Korea ‘ will come off’ once the U.S. is certain that the nuclear programs ‘are no longer a factor’.

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US President Donald Trump is currently addressing the media from Singapore, following the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.