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Memorable moments from the Singapore summit
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Trump and Kim Jong Un met for the first time. Here's how it played out.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore.

Here’s what you need to know about how the summit went down:

  • The meetings: In the first meeting, Trump and Kim were joined only by translators, a break from standard practice of having at least one aide present for high-stakes huddles. Later in the day, advisers joined the talks for a larger bilateral session.
  • The agreement: Trump and Kim signed a statement that said the North Korean leader “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” In exchange, Trump agreed to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea.
  • The press conference: Following the summit, Trump held a lengthy press conference (his first in more than a year). He mentioned that Kim accepted his invitation to the White House, said he “really believes” Kim will keep his word and recounted how he told Kim North Korea could have “the best hotels in the world.”
  • The interview: President Trump gave his first post-summit interview to ABC, and said Kim “trusts me, and I trust him.”
  • The reactions: The British government, the European Union, Russia, South Korea, the head of the United Nations and other world figures have offered positive reflections on the summit, saying it’s a positive step toward peace.
  • What happens next: There are few details on what new commitments have been secured from Kim. Whether nuclear disarmament is indeed the final outcome of Tuesday’s summit won’t be known for years, if not decades.

President Trump made this movie trailer-like video about his meeting with Kim Jong Un

A screengrab from the White House video.

President Trump gave an hour-long press conference before he left Singapore — and it started this movie trailer-esque video:

The nearly 10-minute-long video starts with a title card claiming it’s a “Destiny Pictures” production, a voiceover and stock footage from around the world.

“Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth. Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact. And only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history,” the video begins.

The trailer eventually cuts to images of Trump and Kim.

The voiceover ends with this:

North Korean delegation just left the St. Regis hotel in Singapore      

CNN just caught a glimpse of the North Korean delegation leaving the St. Regis hotel in Singapore, where Kim Jong Un was staying his stay for the summit with President Trump.

President Trump, who stayed at the Shangri-La hotel, left Singapore a few hours ago.

Senate majority leader: Summit a major step, but "our eyes are wide open"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just spoke on the floor about Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying it is a major step toward “historic peace.”

“As President Trump explained a few hours ago, today is the beginning of the arduous process. Our eyes are wide open,” McConnell said.

“If North Korea does not prove willing to [denuclearize], we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure,” McConnell said. “Today I congratulate the President on this major step, and share his hope that it will begin a process that leads to an historic peace.”

North Korean media hasn't yet reported anything on Kim's meeting with Trump

A conductor changes the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore ahead of his meeting with Trump.

The historic US-North Korean summit is making headlines across the world — except in North Korea.

By the early evening, the country’s tightly controlled media had completely ignored the meeting itself, at which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a vague pledge of denuclearization.

However, the state-run newspaper did show images of Kim’s tour of Singapore, which happened the night before their meeting.

In North Korea, where all local media is state-owned, reports often come out a day after the fact, leaving the population there in the dark Tuesday on one of the country’s most significant political events in years.

Some things that were mentioned in North Korean news today:

  • The Philippines’ national day
  • Russia’s national day
  • The folk sport of swinging
  • Day-old news of Kim’s trip, with images published of his jaunts around Singapore the night before the summit
Commuters read a copy of the latest edition of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.