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this is cnn breaking news. >> did he agree to denuclearize? >> we're starting the process very quickly. absolutely. >> a new era in mesh diplomacy. signing a joint document. >> the north korean dictator saying the world will see a major change. so much to get to. welcome to early start. >> it is tuesday june 12. 3:00 a.m. in the east. >> i'm john live in singapore. it's now 3:00 p.m. i got to say, just a remarkable
picture and a historic picture. the big question this morning is will it be more than just a picture? the president of the united states and the dictator of north korea did sign a declaration. they did shake hands. at the end of the historic summit. this is something that no sitting u.s. president has ever done. with the north korean leader. he forced a special bond with kim. and kim loves his country very much. this is a leader accused of human rights crimes. never the les the president declared the meeting a great success and promised denuclearization quickly. very quickly. >> we're very proud of what took place today. i think our whole relationship with north korea and the korean peninsula is going to be a very muchferent situation than it has in the past. we both want to do something. we are going to do something.
and we have developed a very special bond. so people will be very impressed, people will be happy. and we'll take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world. i want to thank chairman kim. i spent a lot of time together. very entrens intensive time. it work td out for both of us far better than anybody could have expected. far better i watched the various news reports. i would say far better than anybody predicted. this will lead to more and more and more. it's an honor to be with you. great honor. thank you. thank you to your representatives. >> the summit began with a handshake. and 48 minute meeting between the leaders. alone except for the interpreters. about an hour we believe the president gave us a different time zone. he wl conduct a news conference. before he goes home to the
united states. i'm joined now who was at the actual summit. jeff zeleny here with me. watching from a few blocks away. i want to start with you, you were there. you saw it. you saw the interaction between the two men. before we get to the nitty-gritty details. just describe to me what you saw. >> i think the translater said it best. this was like something out of a science fiction movie. this was close encounters of the third -- out a difference universe. to see president trump and kim jong un together at this historic summit. it was a scene to see the two leader together. the question is in the end as you know is exactly what the leader accomplished here. as you saw during the signing ceremony. in the last hour. i tried to ask the president what exactly was accomplished here. did kim jong un agree to
denuclearization. that process is beginning and quickly. if you look at the agreement that both leader signed, it does appear this is just the beginning of the process. certainly not the end of the process. and nothing binding at this point. of course we'll hear the president come out and talk about this. all day long, it was a bizarre surreal scene. we have only scene pictures of kim jong un on tv. and tv images provided by north korea state tvr. and there he was within a few feet of me. as he was walking by. the president in the long walk after the working lunch he was pointing to the grass. to the landscape. i wasn't sure what they were talking about. it was as if trump was leading kim jong un through one of the episodes of a reality tv show. it was that kind of surreal moment. we didn't really hear from the north korean dictator or much at all today. just in the signing ceremony he
made brief comments. and at one other point earlier in the day. this was president trump sort of time and again taking us through the day talking about the negotins. and it was odd it was a bit striking to hear the president who remember yoused to refer him as rocket man. gush about the north korean leader. saying he was aal talented man. and loves his country. that obviously can't be denied. at the end of the day what was lost was really the president of the united states calling out the leader for the brutal conditions inside north korea. we never heard that all day long. i asked about otto warmier the american when died after being in captivity. when i asked about this did he raise that with kim jong un. he didn't respond. a lot of pictures and a sur scene. out of a science fiction movie. we're not clear what exactly was delivered in the end.
>> a picture that kim wanted. you saw the north korea flag side by side with the u.s. flag. an image of equality that north korea insisted on. that news conference with the president getting under way shortly. we have the text. of the agreement. the president called it a comprehensive agreement between the united states and the north korea. it doesn't actually appear comprehensive. it appears to be preliminary. along the lines of what we have seen before. i'll read you one key graph. in this has to do with the denuclearization. president trump committed to provide security guarantees and chairman kim jong un reaffirmed his firm and unwaivering commitment to complete denuclearization of the careen yan peninsula. korean pinsula. that language is important. unwaivering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the preferred language of the north korea.
because it implies that the united states would make some concession as well to the nuclear umbrella it provide to the region. >> all the pictures this is significant. what happened here today in singapore is significant. it does top short of what the president talked about from the beginning. and what mike pompeo said yesterday. complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. those word are not in the document. this is a statement i'm told it was described by a u.s. official as a way forward. a statement of agreement. so is basically the printed document form of the meeting. the hard work is yet to come. they did in fact pledge to hold follow up negotiations. which secretary of state and a high level official. at the earliest possible day. that's what it says.
no more than that. >> there are many questions now. significant. >> a significant image. a beginning. something never been done before. as far as i can tell. we're poring over this. it doesn't appear that kim has con seeded anything he has not before coming into this meeting. we'll have much more time to talk about. in the meantime can the u.s. and north korea normalize their relations? we'll discuss much more about the highlights and the significance in the actual deliverables from the historic summit. stay with us. you won't see these folks at the post office
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the letter that we're signing is very con rehencive. and i think both sides will be impressed with the result. a lot of goodwil went into this. a lot of work. a lot of preparation. i want to thank everybody on both side. secretary pompeo and all of his counter parts they were absolutely fantastic. >> so just this, just these two men standing side by side. just these men signing anything frankly seemed highly improbable if not impossible a few months ago. president trump and kim jong un shook hands. they shared a meal and signed that declaration. this was historic for just that. the president promised to work toward denuclearization on the
korean peninsula. and said it would happen very quickly. i'm joined by jeff zeleny. and from seoul. south korea. with so much nvinvested in this. in singapore. you spent so much time in south korea. from where you stand this image is remarkable. but what was delivered today how different it is than we heard from kim and the south korea president one month ago? >> it's interesting because the fact they signed this document saying there will be the kploet denuclearization of the korean peninsula is not new. we saw that in april signed by the north and south korea leader. from the wording point of view in the declaration for what i can see so far there's nothing new. it's suitably vague for this kind of agreement. what we are seeing that is different though is the north
korea leader some of the things he is saying. like clearly we're not going to get t off the cuff remarks like the u.s. president. what kim jong un was saying had been planned beforehand and carefully thought out. he point td out this has been very difficult to get to this point. a number of hurdles many of which in the past to over come before they could sit down at this moment. when he was sitting down next to trump, and siping that declaration. he said it was a historic document. and said the world will see a major change. one thing that really jumped out is he said i would like to express gratitude. to president trump. just hearing the north korean leader say something like that. when you consider the situation just six months ago. i live on the korean peninsula it was tense. it's remarkable how quickly we have gotten to this point. >> absolutely. again just this picture just the
fact it happened. is a major shift. i'll be it a picture and moment that kim has been wanting for sometime. that his father wanted. and grandfather. jeff zeleny we counted six separate photo ops. six moments and pictures between the two men. and apparently according to you a lot of demand from the koreans in the plans process. >> there was demand for equalfy. equal number of flags and time. kim jong un was treated as an equal head of state. we heard he of course is about half of president trumps age. he's 34 years old. president trump turns 72 this week. on thursday. so he said he arrived early out of deference to the older statesman. in other respect there was equality. what i was struck by and the la language is similar to what we have heard. except from trump. he added a list of super latives
and flattering comments. i saw a reversal. he was doing that today. he was calling him a worthy negotiator. talented man. honor to be with you. excellent relationship. a special bond. he was this of course we should put this into context comes at a time when the president is loyal u allies and his finger it's a stretch to say north korea would be an ally. but it seemed to me he was doing the flattery today. again it was not one photo op it was a series. and they both seemed to relish every single one of them. >> excellent points. thank you very much. stick around we have a lot more to discuss. we're waiting to hear from the president himself how he will spin this. let's go back to new york. >> thank you.
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welcome back to cnn coverage of the trump kim summit in singapore. kim jong un and president trump signing a document pledging to denuclearization the peninsula. and keep momentum alive. president saying the talks went better than anyone could have expected. is it considered a success? let's bring in national security analyst. so nice to see you this morning. we have had it was clear the north koreans wanted to be on equal footing with the united states. that was part of the planning leading up to the summit. you can see in the imannals the president of the united states standing next to the dictator with the american flag touching the north korean flag. it was a lot of theateric. what did the united states get in return for basically welcoming the north korean
leader on the to the world stage? >> that is really the question that we're all waiting to see. which is we're seeing the what's next of the process nne expected to see six months ago. it really is remarkable transformation. of kim jong un from rocket man and suicide mission. you had global status to summit partner at the center of diplomatic pageantry that is equal of the royal wedding. we're waiting to see what comes next. is it better to have them at talks versus north korea launching? most people say yes. the what comes next is the biggest question. but is this better than the alternative? there are not many people that would say no. >> getting us to this point. something to sitting president has done. it was 2005 when north korea
pledged to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. 2005. so with that context, we need to remind ourhere's not a lot of extraordinarily new in agreement. states says he might invite kim jong un to the house. >> thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> absolutely, i will. >> what would that look like? a murderous dictator arguably the worst human rights abuser on the planet. at the white house. >> the exact question of what that would look like is one that really i think gets a whole array of answers from folks depending on whether you think the entire summit was a good idea or not. what this was an option open to a number of american presidents. and none of them chose to take it. in this moment, when you talk to
the trump people early on. when they took the power in 2017. they said north korea topped their list of concerns. i talked to folks on the national security team who talk about north korea and the lack of good alternatives. secretary mattis said this is a diplomatic process. nothing is off the table. but is a dialogue and discussion better than the alternative? that's what the national security team is in this administration kept returning to. >> we have the document that shows the four points they agreed upon. we see the president and the north korea leader signing. essentially what's key here is that the president of the united states committed to provide security guarantees to north korea. kim jong un reaffirmed his unwaivering commitment to complete denuclearization of the key yan peninsula. it goes on with the four points. reaffirming the work towards denuclearization. committing to recovering pow mia
remains. i wonder should this have been agreed to to get the meeting is this this looks like the kind of work you do before a summit. what do you make of that. >> a lot of folks would agree. i would say this. the national security team both on the intelligence side certainly the national security counsel these are folks not new to either the north korea process or the north korea on the ground reality. what you see now is a lot of agreeing to what had largely already been afwreeed today and the next question is what's the process to the next step. the sanctions have not been lifted. nothing dramatically shifted other than the pageantry and the sem symbolism and the images which are remarkable. of two leaders who never thought would be standing side by side. with the world watching. i do think the what's next is going to be the biggest question
to be answered. >> as mike pompeo the secretary of said 24 hours ago, the v matters. the v might be all that matter. for verification. he said no sanctions will be lifted until we accomplish complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization. we're a long way to go. >> thanks so much. we'll check back with you. ahead president trump getting ready to leave singapore after spending hours with north korean dictator kim jong un. if all the highlights and the sights and sound of a remarkable evening. and it's time to get outside. pack in even more adventure with audible. with the largest selection of audiobooks. audible lets you follow plot twists off the beaten track. or discover magic when you hit the open road. with the free audible app, your stories go wherever you do. and for just $14.95 a month you get a credit,
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president trump signs a document alongside kim jong un. >> the dictator pledging to complete denuclearization on the korean peninsula. four points in the statement from the two parties. where do we go from here is the question. >> what's new about the document. 3:30 eastern time in new york. >> i'm john live in singapore. 30 minutes past the hour here. add 12 hours to where you are now. a remarkable picture we saw this morning. it is a historic picture that we saw this morning. is that it? is it just a pkture. that's the key question. we have the signing document the president and kim signed together. we're going over it. i will tell you now it doesn't appear to break any new ground. we'll analyze it more. again you're looking at the handshake. that was historic. they did sign this document.
which was historic. they met six times. six separate photo ops in the moting. something no sitting u.s. president has done with the north korean leader. he forged a special bond with kim and said kim loves his country very much. remember, this is a leader accused of human rights crimes against his own people. the president declared the meeting a great success and promised denuclear quickly. very quickly. >> we're very proud of what took place today. i think our whole relationship with north korea and the korean peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past. both want to do something, we are going to do something. and we have developed a very special bond. so, people will be very impressed and happy. and we're going to take care of
a very big and very dangerous problem for the world. and i want to thank chairman kim and spent a lot of time together. intensive time. and i would actually say that it worked out for both of us far better than anybody could have expected. far better, i watchedhe various news reports. far better than anybody predicted. this will lead to more and more and more. and it's an honor to be with you. very great honor. thank you. thank you to the representatives. >> all right the summit began with a handshake. and this 48 minute meeting. between the two leaders alone except for the interpreters. in about half an hour president trump will conduct a news conference obviously we will cover that. he'll head back to the united states. he is leaving here in just a few hours. that's more quickly than perhaps had been initially plannedment i want to bring back jeff zeleny.
we now have the official statement. the president signed. this is the actual product of the meeting. i want to read you something that stuck out to both of us. having acknowledged that the u.s. the first in history was a t significance and over coming decades of tension and hostility. and the opening of a new future. they commit to implement the stipulations of statement fully. >> that is language that it's probably a fitting for the moment. no question. we have to break down a couple things. the language of the joint statement is not new. what is new today is the chemistry that was developingth. we're seeing in the photo op. photo opportunities are real events. this could have gone one of two ways. it went very well between the two. in many ways i think the easiest part of the difficult road ahead
was today. if you think back, three months and thee days ago. president trump walked into the briefing room at the white house around 5:10 in the afternoon. he stuck his head out. i was in the room. he said there's going to be a delegation from south korea. here's news tonight. what kind of news? he teased he would accept this invitation to visit kim jong un. it was a roller coaster since then. three months and three days. this is probably the easy part. significant we should not over look the photo op. this is something that he in fact is good at. >> it's something that never happened before. between a sitting u.s. president and north korean leader. because no sitting u.s. president would give the north koreans what the president gave kim jong un today. which was full equality on the world stage. the flags of north korea and the united states side by side. the number of people in the various delegations of the
working meeting in the lunch. completely equal. and this document that we have been looking at. that the president calls comprehensive. it's not. it's really just the beginning here. and he says it's more than anyone could have predicted. that's not true either. this is the bare minimum of what people thought might come of this. a promise to work towards denuclearization of the korean peninsula. which is of course the north korean preferred language. and the list of four goals here. which just promises to work towards. again they'll set up meetings and go at it in the future. it's a beginning. just that. >> president trump elevated kim jong un the 34 year-old leader of isolated regime to places where we hasn't been. he walked around the streets of singapore. was seeing things he's not seen. treated like a leader on a world stage. he can act in a couple ways.
that could steer him in the direction of good behavior. or could not. the president trump about a month or so ago maybe six weeks ago was on the tarmac when the three americans came home who were held prisoner. that was a key part. a reporter asked trump why do you think kim jopg is willing to do this? i believe he wants to enter the real world. the world community. that was something he wanted to do. so we do not know how the story will end in this respect. >> let's lisn to kim. we have heard. >> he's so little of him. ever. and now we have seen him sitting with the u.s. leader and talked about all that he had to overcome to get here. >> we have the historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document.
the world will see a major change.i would like to express gratitud to the president trump. to make this meeting happen. thank you. >> again tlafs kim jong un. we heard very little from in the past in north korea the headlines the pictures of him walking around the city. greeted like a celebrity. and jeff, you note he thanked president trump. he is thanking him because he got what he wanted. again in this document that they signed, no mention of complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization. which is something until a week or two ago we had been told was key. >> there was a series of moving the goal post. the president said that's what he was going to stand for. then it was a meet and greet.
it was more. we look back this will either be a moment in time that changes history. as he looks around this futuristic city. you wonder what he thinks. does he think that pyong could be lik this. this could be an economic center. or hold onto nuclear weapons. he probably cannot do both. he also said one thing slightly before that clip. it's not b easy to come to this point. for us the past has been holding us back. old practices and prejudice have been covering our eyes and ears. we don't know what kind moment this is for him. if he's changed by this. or playing president trump? >> the president was asked shouted a question. will you invoit kim jong un to the white house? he said absolutely, i will. can you imagine that scenario? obviously never been to the united states.
i would assume that more things would have to happen until they reach that point. who knows. we don't know if they will meet again. the secretary of state who has en on the telephone with foreign ministers in south korea and japan. south korea key to this of course. mostf the work will be done behind the scenes on details. it's a long way from the next step of progress here. at least for now, headed that direction. >> the photo something that never happened before. the last few months a welcome to departure from where things were. but the president will have to answer questions at this news conference. if he got any concessions from north korea at all. that's not clear this morning. in the meantime let's go back to new york. >> thank you. you can see we are waiting the news conference with the president. we'll get mor clarity. he will be pressed on what is in
the communication. and what they have agreed to. >> what is concrete and what it new. we expect that in about 20 minutes. about 4:00 p.m. in singapore. president trump already accomplishing something no other sitting u.s. president has done. that is meeting with the north korean leader. kim jong un. a major success or merely a photo op? so many questions. as special live converage continues next. you won't see these folks at the post office
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3:45 eastern teem in new york. 3:45 p.m. in singapore. president trump set to hold a press conference there any moment. following his historic face to face sit down with north korea dictator. we'll bring you the comments live as soon as the press conference begins. >> this is coverage of the summit. signing a document pledging to denuclearize the peninsula. and keep momentum alive. the president saying the talks went better than anybody could have expected. so is it considered a success?
the image was clearly a success for the north korean. on equal footing with the united states of the america. a debut on the world stage. the flags right next to each other the preside of the united states patting him on the arm. shaking his hand. now the hard work begins. right? where you take this agreement which the president calls comprehensive which really has maybe four points that some could argue should have been agreed on before they did this summit. what happens next to make this a success? >> the biggest question is how the pageantry gives way to the process. what happens with time. there have always been concerns that north korea would use the time for itsenefit. to a far looser regime when it comes to sanctions. that the chi nose would let up
and russia and others would be less stringent on the sanctions. which are a huge part of why they came to the summit. why they were willing to have the discussion. i think that the sanctions and how stringent they are. how much stay in place and what maximum pressure comes to mean as the process playing out. will be a very big question that we'll be watching for. >> we are all scratching our heads because it has been a head spinning 48 hours. let's go back to the g 7 in canada. the president angry departure. feuding with the allies. a foreign policy expert and author tweeted this. about the dynamic that has developed which hard believe spot the difference. justin trudeau on the right. and kim jong un a murderous dictator on the left. here's how the president described his special bond with
the one on the left and how his white house described the prime minister of canada. one of our closest allies. >> there a speal place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faithmacy with the president trump and tries to stab him in the back opt way out the door. >> we have developed a very special bond. so people will be very impressed. people will be very happy. and we'll take care of a big and dangerous problem for the world. >> again a special place in hell for the foreign minister of our close e ally. and a special bond between the u.s. president and a murderous dictator. the worlds worst human rights abuser. what do you make of that? >> the urgency has deictated th
north korea. north korea topped their list. of concerns they were dealing with. so look at the language and the ef evolution of the language. from rocket man on a suicide mission to a partner the table. a president used very pungent language to describe this counter part. who he is now sat next to and spent time with. and going to be inviting to washington. the north korea process is one that has occupied the white house imagination from the very start. because of the urgency. of what it would mean. to have this adversary able to reach the united states. and how do you deal with the that. you see today the evolution from rocket man to trusted partner. reach a moment. that i don't think any of us expected to see. >> are you concerned about the g
7 being torn apart here? in terms of g 6 plus one. what does that say about the u.s. role and the rest of the world? are you concerned. >> certainly the durability of institutions is being tested. and i think you see -- ied in germany and follow german media. there's been a great dool of coverage aboutarkell and her view and disappointment. and her sense of really disillusionment as to where this goes. i think institutions are bigger than individuals. i think we see institutions being tested. >> we heard from this morning. who runs lt imf saying there are dark cloud on the global economy. because of these very institutions and the fundamentals of the way we trade being tested by the president. >> if this president can get trade concessions from the allies and a nuclear deal with the enemy. it will be impossible to ignore
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to bring kim jong-un and president trump together. he said he had a sleepless night. we have cnn's nic robertson joinings live. this is an -- joining us ve. this is amazing to watch this unfold. >> reporter: so much on the line for moon jae-in and people in south korea. one young man said he had seen this agreement and things play out as a photo opportunity, if you will. he was hoping that something more could come out of it and another lady said this is something we could not expect or believe in and now it is happening. there's a great hope for unification in korea. another elderly gentleman said my mother was shot during the korean war. this is something i never, ever thought would happen. north koreans were the absolute enemies. he described the situation now
and he says it is apt. he said we are in the position with the key in the door. we have to hope we can turn that key. that is what president moon is hoping here for creating the conditions for this to happen. he wasn't in the key meeting in singapore. what he has told the korean people is expect the process to take several years. he also said this should happen, the united states and north korea relationship shod happen in parallel with developments between north korea and south korea. this is really how he is shaping it for the people here in south korea. a hug amount at stake. the president said today everyone is watching closely and hoping this historic moment can deliver that key denuclearization and bring a new era of relationship and here are key words. new era of relationship between the united states and two koreas.
north korea and south korea and the united states. >> so much work to do. clearly historic moment right thank you, nic robertson. of course, china is keeping a close watch on this historic meeting in singapore with donald trump and kim jong-un. no one keeping a closer eye on the historic summit than beijing. that is where matt rivers joins us live. matt, how do the chinese watch all this? there is sentiment this is the north koreans trying to win themselves off chinese depe dependen dependence. >> reporter: as a result of that, what you see from the chinese government is a major campaign since this summit was announced to make sure their strategic interests would be represented at the summit. we heard from the ministry foreign affairs boilerplate language congratulating on the historic summit. what was interesting, dave, they
opened the possibility of easing sanctions. if north korea can abide by the conditions under the ud nations relations, that would open the door to sanctions relief in the future. they are still enforcing what was agreed upon at the u.n., but they are opening the possibility. interesting development. >> certainly president xi did not miss a moment. mt. riv matt rivers, thank you. "early start" continues with the historic summit between kim jong-un and president trump. from trump.press conference >> this is cnn breaking news. >> denuclearization? >> it is starting that process very quickly. very, very quickly. absolutely. >> there's a special bond between the united states
president and the murderous dictator of north korea. certainly a new era in american diplomacy as president trump signs a document alongside skki jong-un. >> the north korean dictator agreeing to denuclearization on the korean peninsula. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. >> i'm john berman in singapore. it is 4:0 p.0 p.m. we have been here for 50 straight hours to witness, frankly,history. in moments, president trump will hold a news conference to explain what happened behind closed doors with kim jong-un. we have live pictures, i believe, of where the president will be moments from now. the news conference scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. you see it is dragging a little bit. we will