Six things to know from the Trump-Kim sum­mit

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Jes­sica Estepa

And just like that, it’s over. Pres­i­dent Trump met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Tues­day, lead­ing to a sum­mit that was filled with pomp but lacked in de­tails. Here’s what you need to know about what went down dur­ing their meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

1. The hand­shake

When Trump and Kim met, it be­gan with a hand­shake. The two grasped hands for sev­eral sec­onds, Trump at one point touch­ing his other hand to Kim’s arm. That hand­shake rep­re­sents the first time a sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent has ever met with a leader of North Korea face-to-face. The rest of the day would be filled with staged photo op­por­tu­ni­ties that showed the two get­ting along.

2. De­nu­cle­ariza­tion

Trump de­clared that the sum­mit would lead to de­nu­cle­ariza­tion in North Korea, and he noted that this was only the be­gin­ning of such ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“To­day is the be­gin­ning of an ar­du­ous process — our eyes are wide open,” Trump said.

It’s a far cry from when he was threat­en­ing North Korea with “fire and fury” last year, and North Korea warned it could at­tack Guam.

3. The with­drawal of U.S. troops from South Korea

Trump also said he would with­draw troops from South Korea and stop play­ing “war games” mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with the coun­try.

He would like to “get our soldiers home,” he said.

The U.S. mil­i­tary has main­tained a pres­ence on the Korean penin­sula since 1950, when North Korean forces in­vaded South Korea.

4. The state­ment

But for all the pro­nounce­ments, the joint state­ment re­leased by Trump and Kim lacked specifics. Trump has “com­mit­ted to pro­vide se­cu­rity guar­an­tees.” Kim has “reaf­firmed his firm and un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.”

But with­out specifics, it re­mains a mys­tery what that means and how it will get done.

5. Otto Warm­bier

Trump and Kim held a wide-rang­ing news con­fer­ence that went on for longer than an hour. Dur­ing it, Trump in­voked the name of Otto Warm­bier, the Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent who was de­tained in North Korea for 15 months. He was in a co­matose state when he was re­leased and died less than a week later.

Warm­bier’s death was the im­pe­tus for the sum­mit, Trump said.

“Otto did not die in vain,” he said.

6. An­other sum­mit — and maybe a visit to the White House

Given that this is only the be­gin­ning, Trump noted dur­ing the news con­fer­ence that there would likely be a need for an­other meet­ing.

“We’ll prob­a­bly need an­other sum­mit,” he said.

He also men­tioned that he would “ab­so­lutely” in­vite Kim to the White House, and that he would do so at the “ap­pro­pri­ate time,” an­other un­prece­dented move by a U.S. pres­i­dent.

Otto Warm­bier KIM KWANG HYON/AP


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