North Korea sanctions remain for now, may lift them in future: Trump

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Singapore: Following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US president Donald Trump said the two countries are prepared to start a new history. “We are ready to write new chapters. The past does not have to define future,” Trump said.

Addressing a press conference, Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for taking a bold step for a bright future of his people adding that his talks with the North Korean leader were honest, direct and productive.

Showering praise on the North Korean leader, Trump said, “It takes a lot of courage to give up weapons and take to the path of peace. All credit to him. Kim Jong Un is a very talented guy who has been able to take this challenge at the age of 26 and be able to manage it as well as he has.”

“No one thought this would be possible, but today we are seeing it happening before our eyes. We all dream of a Korea where all Koreans (north and south) live together in harmony,” Trump added.

Saying that anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace, Trump added: “Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people.”

Calling his meeting with Kim one of the greatest moments in the history of the world, Trump said that the two countries signed a very comprehensive document today adding “I think when he (Kim Jong Un) lands in North Korea he will start the denuclearisation process soon”.

When asked about Kim Jong Un’s denuclearisation plans, Trump said, “Kim Jong Un is very serious about the denuclearisation and has already destroyed a missile testing facility and have agreed to destroy another one. He seemed very sincere to move on.”

On the issue of sanctions imposed on North Korea, Trump said, “The sanctions will come off when we are sure that nuclear missiles are no longer a factor,” adding that he is looking forward to lifting them off.

Trump further said that US will stop holding military exercises on the Korean peninsula, adding: “We will be stopping the war games and it will save us a lot of money.”

Responding to a question over inviting Kim Jong Un to the White House, Donald Trump it will be done at the “appropriate time”.

Donald Trump said that the issue of human rights ‘was discussed’ with Kim Jong Un.

“I believe it’s a rough situation over there…We did discuss it today, pretty strongly…We’ll be doing something on it. It’s rough in a lot of places, by the way,” Trump added.

When asked if bringing back the remains of US soldier died during the Korean war was on the agenda. Donald Trump said, “When we entered the room for discussions, we did not have bringing back the remains on the agenda. It was on my mind since many people had mentioned and requested for it. After the intense discussion, at the very end I just happened to mention that it would be a very nice gesture for the US to get back the remains”.

Trump further said he (Kim Jong Un) could have said let us discuss it in the next meeting, but no, he immediately said it makes sense and agreed to do it right away. For the thousands and thousands, I guess way over six thousand that we know of in terms of the remains, they’ll be brought back”.