At the Trump-Kim Summit, Human Rights Are on the Agenda

Evan Vucci  AP

Evan Vucci AP

SINGAPORE ― After hours of closed-door discussions in a Singapore hotel on Tuesday, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded their historic meeting with the signing of a joint agreement.

They shook hands for several seconds, Trump reaching out to touch the North Korean leader on his right shoulder.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Mr Trump had also accepted President Halimah Yacob's invitation to make a state visit to Singapore in November to attend the 6th Asean-US Summit and 13th East Asia Summit.

The report said North Korea "operates an all-encompassing indoctrination machine that takes root from childhood to propagate an official personality cult and to manufacture absolute obedience" to Mr Kim.

The North Korean leader and Trump appeared nervous when they sat down according to a body language expert.

Weeks later, more insults followed.

Two Indian-origin ministers in Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan and K Shanmugam, are playing a key role in facilitating a hassle-free summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday.

The arrival of the Air China Airbus 330 flight at Changi airport raised speculation that a delegation of North Korean officials had joined an advance team headed by Kim's close aide, Kim Chang-son, who was already in Singapore to prepare for the talks.

Trump, asked last week if Rodman had been invited to Singapore, said, "No, he wasn't".

Trump's retort included mention of his own "nuclear button" - one that doesn't actually exist.

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"At the conclusion of the summit, President Trump will participate in a media availability before departing tomorrow at approximately 8 p.m. for the United States", the White House said.

Professor Hajek added Trump showed his experience in front of the TV cameras during the initial meeting. "I don't say he was nice".

-North Korea summit, is expected to pick up a considerable portion of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's bills.

US President Donald Trump also "committed to provide security guarantees" to Pyongyang, apparently in return for Kim Jong Un's efforts towards denuclearization.

It is the first time a sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader.

He said Mr Kim has a "great personality" and is "very smart", which he described as a "good combination".

The Trump administration seeks a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantlement of Pyongyang's vast nuclear weapons program, which has produced up to 60 nuclear warheads housed across the country, according to USA intelligence estimates, as well as a sophisticated program for their delivery worldwide.

"We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", he said. Kim also wanted guarantees of his regime's security, and many analysts believe he was hoping for an agreement that would eventually see USA troops pulled out of the Korean Peninsula.

"Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him".

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