In quotes: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

Leaders spoke effusively at summit — despite a history of antagonism and barbs

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Donald Trump after his meetings with Kim Jong Un:

“The letter that we are signing is very comprehensive, and I think both sides will be very impressed with the results …We’re going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.”

Kim Jong Un after his meetings with Donald Trump

The two countries would “leave the past behind …The world will see the major change.”

Donald Trump on Tuesday morning:

“I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful. And it’s my honour. And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Kim Jong Un on Tuesday Morning:

“It was not easy to get here. The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today.” (via interpreter)

Kim Jong Un to Donald Trump

“Many people in the world will think of this as a . . . form of fantasy . . . from a science-fiction movie.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in:

“The North-US summit has started. Perhaps the minds of our people are on Singapore. I too spent a sleepless night. Together with the South Korean people, I ardently hope for a successful meeting that brings us complete denuclearisation and peace, and opens a new era for the South, the North and the US.”

 

Mr Trump’s tweets on the morning of the summit

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Mr Trump’s previous tweets on Kim Jong Un

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Kim statement from last year:

“Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.

“Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say . . .

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”

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