Trump: Sanctions will be removed when nukes are “no longer a factor”
President Trump said Tuesday he would push for North Korea to denuclearize as “fast as it can mechanically,” but acknowledged it could take a long time.
“Scientifically you have to wait certain periods of time,” Trump said. “But once you start the process it means it’s pretty much over.”
He said the process would start “very soon,” and added sanctions would be removed “when we are sure the nukes are no longer a factor.”
“I actually look forward to taking them off,” he said, adding that would happen “down the road when nothing’s going to happen.”
- History made: President Trump and Kim Jong Un have concludedtheir historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
Kim accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House, Trump says
President Donald Trump told reporters that he will visit Pyongyang “at a certain time.”
“That will be a day that I very much look forward to at the appropriate time,” he said.
He added that he invited Kim Jong Un to the White House and he accepted, but it will have to take place “at the appropriate time, a little bit further down the road.”
Trump: The Korean War will soon end
Speaking at a news conference following his historic summit, President Trump said he hopes the Korean War will finally end, more than 70 years after it began.
“Nearly 70 years ago, think of that, 70 years ago, an extremely bloody conflict ravaged the Korean peninsula. Countless people died in the conflict, including tens of thousands of brave Americans. While the armistice was agreed to, the war never ended to this day, never ended. But now we can all have hope that it will soon end. And it will.
Trump continued: “The past does not have to define the future. Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war. And as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can, indeed, become friends.”
At another summit in April, The leaders of North and South Korea pledged to bring a formal end to the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased.
Trump says Kim promised to destroy a missile engine testing site
President Trump says Kim Jong Un told him that North Korea is destroying a major missile engine testing site.
“North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site,” Trump said.
The commitment was not included in the joint declaration the two men signed, but Trump said: “We agreed to that after the agreement was signed.”
Trump also outlined the agreement that he and Kim signed earlier. He said Kim reaffirmed “his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Trump said Kim “wants to do that.”