tv President Trump News Conference from Singapore CSPAN June 12, 2018 8:01pm-9:08pm EDT
the secretary, can you explain that? whuld stock prices go up if this would take a meaningful bite or meaningful reform? >> if i could predict the stock market i would be warren buffett. all 11 s&p sectors went up that day. it is unclear what happened that day in terms of the stock market. let me be really clear. if you are a drug company and you think you will be untouched you cannot read, you cannot listen.this will change. we were tackling this and we have a firm commitment. >> will have the secretaries full testimony from the senate health education labor and pensions committee hearing this morning and just a couple of hours. right here on c-span2.
but first, look at the presidents meeting with north korean leader, kim jong-un and singapore yesterday. and reaction here in washington. will start with the presidents news conference at the conclusion of the summit pretty spoke with medianmedia and answ questions. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, donald trump. [applause] >> thank you very much everybody. i appreciate it. we're getting ready to go back to the 24 hours we've had a tremendous dream is because this is been going on for quite a while. this was what we get to the chairman and his people, representatives.it captures what could be done.
this has the potential to be an incredible place between south korea and china. it has tremendous potential. and he wants to do what's right. it is my honor y to address the people of the world following this very historic summit with chairman kim jong-un of north korea. wepent very intensive hours together. and i think most of you have gotten this -- it is very comprehensive, it will happen. i stand before you as an adversary of the american people to deliver a message of hope and vision and a message of peace. let me begin by thanking our incredible host from singapore. the prime minister. this is a country of profound grace and beauty and we extend our warmest wishes to every citizen of singapore.
have really made this visit so important and so pleasant despite all of the work and all of the long hours. i also want to thank the president moon of south korea. he is working hard and in fact i will speak to him right after we are finished. the prime minister and japan, just left our country. he wants what is right for japan and for the world. a good man. and the very specialperson, the president of china. he really has, he is a terrific person and a friend of mine and really a great leader of his people. i nt to thank them for their efforts to help us get through
this very historic day. most importantly, i want to thank chairman kim for taking the first bold step towards a bright new future for s people. our unprecedented meeting etween an american president and the leader of north korea proves that real change is indeedble. psi my meeting with the chairman was direct and productive. we got to know each other well in a very confined, under very strong circumstances. we are prepared to start a new history and we are ready to write a new chapter between the nations. 70 years ago, think about this. 70 years ago. an extremely conflict bloodied the korean peninsula.
many died. yet while the armistice was agreo, the war ner ended. day, never ended. but now we can all have hope will soon end and it wilt will sn end. the past does not have to define the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. and as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends. we can honor the sacrifice of our forefathers by replacing the horrors of battle with the blesngs of peace. that is what we are doing and that is what we have done. there is no limit to what north korea can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons. the commerce and engagement the rest of the world. really they want to eage. chairman kim has before him, an opportunity like no other.
to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people. chairm kim and i just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization. of the korean peninsula. we also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement and as soon as possible. he wants to his, this is not the past and it is not another administration that never got started. therefore never got it done. chairman kim has told me that north korea is already destroyed a major missile engine testing site. we agreed to at aer the agreement was signed. that is a big thing.
the missiles that they were testing, the site will be destroyed very soon. today is the begin of an arduous press. our eyes are wide open. but peace is always worth the effort.especially in this case. this should have been done years ago. this should have been resolved a long time ago. we are resolving it now. chairman kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his peop. anyone can make war. only the most courageous, can make peace. the current state of affairs cannot endure forever. the people in north and south korea are profoundly talented, industrious and gifted. these are truly gifted people. they share the same heritage, language, customs, culture and y. but to realize their amazing destiny, to reunite their national family, the menace of nuclear weapons will now be
removed. in the meantime, the sanctions will remain in effect. we dream of a future where all koreans can live together in harmony. families are reunited and hopes are reborn. where the darkness wis bright fut this is what's happening. it is right there, it is within our reach. it is going to be there and it is going to happen. this is now taking place. it is a very great day. it is a very great moment in the history of the world. chairman kimon his way back to north korea and i know for a fact, as soon as he arrives he will start a process that will make a lot of people very happy and very safe. it is an honor to be with everybody today. i willay it makes me feel
very uncomfortable. [laughter] but, it is what it is. people understand this is something very important to all of us. including yourselves and your families. thank you for being here. we will take questions. wow! a lot of questions. >> i he two questions for you. first, kim jong-un as you know has killed family members, start his own people, responsible for the death of otto warmbier. why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? >> well, he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation that he did at 26 years of age and is able to learn and run a tough, i would say he was -- at that age you can take 1/10,000 probably.
otto warmbier is a very special person. and he will be for a long time. his parents are goodfriends of mine. i think without him, this would not have happened. something happened from that day, it was a terrible thing, it was brutal. but a lot of people started to focus on what was ing on. including north korea. i really think that otto warmbier is someone who did not die in vain.i told this to his parents. a special young man and i have to say, special parents. special people. he did not die in vain. he had a lot to do with us thank you very much. >> have a second question. you talked about in your statement, can be specific about what assurances you're willing to give to -u
-- >> we are not reducing anything. at some point i have to be honest, during my campaign i said you probably know better than us. i want to get our soldiers, i want to bring them back home. right now we have 32,000 soldiers and south korea. i would like to be able to bring them back home. but that is not part of the equation right now. at some point i hope it will be.but not right now. we will be stopping the war games. which will save us a tremendous amount of money. and when we see the future negotiation, if it is not coming along like it should. we will be saving a tremendous amount of money. plus i think it is very provocative. yes? go ahead. i'm sorry. >> mr. president, the joint statement does not talk about
verifiable or irreversible denuclearization. is that a concession of the part of the united states? >> no, not at all. it says we are going to let's see here, it will be -- i do not think he can be any more plain. we talked about the guarantees and we talked about unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. this is the document we just signed. >> did you discuss with chairman kim methods to verify either with united states or international organizations the very process? >> it will be verified. >> how will that be achieved? >> it will be achieved by having a lot of people there. we develop a certain trust and i think we have done that.
secretary pompeo has been really doing a fantastic job. and as we do that we have a lot of people there and we will be working with them on a lot of other things. but this is complete denuclearization. of north korea. >> and it will be verified. will those people be americans or international, a combination? >> combinations of both. >> what did kim jong-un say to you to give me the confidence that for once in the history of norta, they are not cheating the system and gaming the world and gaming the people who will have to go in and make sure they're actually giving up their nuclear arsenal? >> he actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately, ey took billions of dollars.
and nothing happened. it was a terrible thing.and he brought it up to me. he said, we've never ne this far. i doubt they they've ever had the confidence, frankly in the president they have so far as now. he was ry firm in the fact that he wants to do this. i think you might want to do this as much or even more than me. it's a very bright future for north korea. you never know, right? we never know. we signed a very comprehensive document today. i think most of you have been given you that, we signed a very comprehensive and i believe he will live up to that. in fact, when he lands, i think you will start the process right away. i can only say i know him really well, it has been very
rhetorical. as you know. i think without the rhoric, it would not have happened. i think without other things going along, the establishment of the new team was very important. we had a great team. doneink he wants to get it i feel very strongly. you look alike when the light is right. the hair. let me see, you have pretty good hair! the angelic glow. >> of course, the denuclearization of nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot is one problem. then they have the deplorable record of human rights. was not discussed at all? or is it something -- >> yes, it was scussed. it will be discussed. what was also discussed in great detail was the fact that,
and i must have had just countless calls and letters and ytng you can do. they want the remains of their sons back, they want the remains of their fathers or mothers. people that really -- it took place to a large extent in north korea. i asked for it today. and we got it. that was the very last minute. remains will be coming back. they're going to start the process. but so many people even during the campaign, they said if there's any way you can war with north korea to get the remains of my son back. or my father back. so many people asked me this question and i said we don't get along too well. but now we do. and he agreed so quickly. he understands it.
for the thousands and thousands, i guess with over 6000 that we know of in terms of the remains, that will be brought back. >> the pow and mia issue is a very important one. >> for alot of important people.>> what do you, president trump, expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? >> it was discussed. it was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization. obviously that is when we started and where we ended. but they will be doing things and i think he wants to do things. i think he wants -- you will be surprised. very smart and very good negotiator. he wants to do the right thing. he brought up the fact that in the past, they took dialogue or they never were like we are. there has never been anything but they went down, billions of dollars were given and the
following day, the nuclear program continued. this is a much different time. a much different president. thisvery important to me. this is perhaps, one of the reasons -- [inaudible] whoever those people i cannot see with of the lights. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you very much. the issue of the peace treaty. [inaudible question] >> i said it will be a day i very much look forward to. at the appropriate time. i also will be inviting the chairman at the appropriate time. i think it will really be something that will be very important.
he has accepted. i said, at the appropriate time. a little bit further down the ro what we find today was a lot of thingsnclude and then you have things that were not included but -- i have never done that before in my life. we did not have time. i think most -- if you could have those agreements passed out. we just finished them a little while ago. if you have the agreements passed out you will see. what we are talking about. go ahead. >> congratulations, president. what part did japan play and -- [inaudible question] >> 50,000 great troops.
absolutely. the prime minister other than the whole denuclearization subject, i wosa is the main and pntug it up absolutely. we did not put it down in the document but it will be. we are, brought it up strongly. they spend eight tremendous amount of time in north korea. it did come up and things will be happening. thank you. great question. yes? >> thank you, mr. president. the question of human rights. he spoke very powerfully on the issue during your state of the union address. you show that you had -- at that point he said north korea,
the brutally oppressed the people unlike any other regime on earth. you think that is still the case having sat down with kim jong-un? >> is a rough situation over there, there isquestion about that. we did discuss it pretty strongly knowing what the main purpose of what we doing is. we discussed it at pretty good length. we will have something on it. it is rough. it is rough in a lot of places, by the way. but we will continue that and i think ultimately we will agree on something. it was discussed outside of the nuclear situation. one of the primary topics. >> and how do you bring on this glorious new era? >> i think it will change. thank you.
>> thank you. what timetable did you mention for denuclearization? and you said sanctions. >> scientifically, i've been watching and reading a lot outhis. it does take a long time to have complete denuclearization. it takes a long time, scientifically. you have to wait certain periods of time and a lot of things happen. despite thatonce you start the process, it means it is pretty much over. you cannot use them. so that will start very soon. i believe it will start very soon. we will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done. >> sanctions? >> sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer. sanctions play a big role. but they will come down to that point. i hope it will be soon. as you know and as i have said, sanctions right now remain. but at a certain point, i look
forward to taking them off and they wilco off when we know we are down the road and nothing is going to happen. >> yes. >> thank you, mr. president. congratulations on this historic summit. >> thank you, very much. >> congratulations to everybody by the way. you signed a document with kim jong-un. essentially a piece of paper, you say we had a briefing by mike pompeo. he said the following. many presidents previously have signed off on pieces of paper. only to find that the north korean leader did not promise or reneged on promises. what makes this different? >> you have a different administration in a different president. you have a different secretary of state. you have people that are -- and we get it done. other groups, maybe was not a
priority. i don't think they could have done if it was a priority, frankly. i do not think they could have done it even if it was a priority. and it would've bemuch easier if this were 10 years ago or five years ago. and we are not just blaming president obama. this goes back 25 years this should have happened. i was given a very tough hand. i was given the iran dea and plenty of other problems. but we are, we are doing well. the iran deal have to be honest, i did it because nuclear is always number one. nuclear is number one. on uranium, i think iran is a different country than it was three or four months ago. i do not think there looking so much to the mediterranean. i do not think there looking so much at syria like they were with total confidence. i think they are not so confident right now. but i hope that at the appropriate time, after these
sanctions kick in and they are brutal. what we put on iran. i hope they come back and yes?tiate a for th. >> mr. president, you talk about establishing diplomatic relations, changing ambassadors. how long before that happens? >> good question. hopefully soon. we will have to get things moving first. a little bit early for that. we have to get things moving. >> can you clarify when you say you are stopping wargames. the military exercises with south korea? >> we have done exercises for a long period of time working with south korea. and we call them wargames. i call them wargames and they are tremendously expensive. the amount of money that we spend on that is incredible. and south korea, it is a
subdistrict to talk to them about also. and it has to do with military expense and also trade. so we are doing that. we actually have a meeting with south korea in terms of the trade double we have to talk to many countries about treating us fairly. the wargames are very expensive. pay for a big majority of it. with fly in bombers from guam. i said, where do the bombers come from? guam. nearby. i said where is nearby? 6 and a half hours. 6 and a half hours is a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to south korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and to guam. i know a lot about airplanes. it is very expensive and i did not like it. and what i did say is, and i think is very provocative, i have to tell you. it is a very provocative situation. when i see that and you have a
country next door, under the circumstances we negotiate a very comprehensive complete deal. i think it is inappropriate to have wargames. so number one, we save money. a lot! and number two, it is something i think they very much appreciated. [inaudible question] >> some of the people that, i don't know, i just don't. especially not today. this is too important. i noticed that some were saying that the president has agreed to meet, he has given up so much. >> i give up nothing i am here. i thought it was appropriate to do because we haven't been negotiating literally around the clock with them and with us and with john and mike and a whole team of very talented people.
but we haven't given them anything other than i agreed to meet. and the meeting i think was every bit as good for the united states as it was for h some of the things that we got, -- only a person -- i agree to come here and meet and that's good i think it's great for us as a country and i think it is good for them. but what did they do to justify this meeting? secure commitment for complete denuclearization. they secure the release of three american hostages. they are ready given to us two months ago. these people are now living haily back in their homes with their families.
and it was pretty rough for them. secure the commitment to recover the remains of fallen heroes. and they are giving a commitment immediately to recover remains. s amaz at how many asked me about it. so many people would ask me is it possible? at that time we had no relationship with chairman kim or anyone else in north korea. it was very closed society. so we are getting the remains back. so all nuclear and missile tests. for how long has it been, seven months? for several months you have not had a nuclear test. you've not had a nuclear explosion. i remember a -- 8.8 on the richter scale. and i heard on the radio.
they announced that a massive earthquake took place somewhere. they said it was in north korea. weound it was a nuclear test. i said i never heard of a richter scale -- if you look there has been no missile ches they have blown up their missile area. that is going to place. that has not been written into the contract. we are going to give details. they secured all missiles and clear s. they secured the closure of their zero primary nuclear test site, all three of them there has been an area that is common. they secured the closure. they secured the commitment to destroy the missile engine testing site. that was not agreement. i got there after we sign.
you have this missile engine test. we know where it is. it is incredible to be honest with you. and he is going to close it up. we maintain the ability to continue sanctions. so when we apply sanctions, i had 300 sanctions i was getting ready to put on last week and i said, i cannot put on sanctions when a meeting with him i out woulbe disrespectful. 300 very big and powerful ones. and i said it would be disrespectful. so when you look at all of this, and when we got our hostages back, i did not pay $1.8 bonin cash. but the hostages that came from iran, which was a disgraceful situation, what took place. we have gotten a lot. when i hear someone in the media say, that president trump has agreed to meet.
it is not a big deal to me. i think we should meet on a lot of different topics. not just this one. and i really believe great things can happen. yes? yes? >>. [inaudible question] >> can you talk about -- kim jong-un for complete verifiable irreversible -- secure the details into the agreement? >> i had one day. we were together for some hours intensively but thprocess, i would be surprised if they haven't started already.they have started. they blew up their sites. they blew up the testing site. but i will say, prior to coming
he knew. this was not like surprised. it was not like we discussed it. we discussed it, mike discussed it very strongly with his counterpart in north korea. they knew that this was, le say they did not agree, then i could not send anything. there was no agreement. and it wasn't a big point today because really, this b taking care of. it was all about that this has been taken care of before we got here. so when we brought that up today, you can see the language it is very strong. >> thank you, mr. president. he took about the military consequences on north korea if they do not follow through? >> is a tough thing to talk about because i don't want to be threatening. i don't wanto be threatening. they understood that. and you have seen what was perhaps going to happen.
and now saul has 28 million people. and there are a million people -- soul has 20 million people. think about that. and it's right next to the border. rit next to the dmz, it is right there! if this would have happened, i think over hundred thousand people, i think 20 million people, 30 million people. this is really an honor for me to be doing this because i think potentially you could have lost 30, 50, -- one of the biggest cities in the world is right next to this border. [inaudible question] >> at that time we needed it. perhaps because we could not have allowed that kind capability from the standpoint of the united states. and certainly japan wasn't either. japan is right next door. [inaudible question]
>> today. i hope he like that that was good. i thought it was interesting to show. we had, i showed it to them today. actually, toward the end of the meeting. i think he loved it. we did not have a big screen, and they playit. about eight of their representatives are watching it. i thought they were fascinated. i thought it was, that is the future. it could very well be the future. and e other alternative is just not a good alternative. but i really want him to do
something. i do not think i had to show it because they really believe, i think he wants to get done. [inaudible question] >> you wrote the best story about me -- it was a long time ago. >> it has been a busy week for you on the international stage. you are having determined that kim jong-un is a talented man. you left the g-7 summit a few days ago in canada determining that the prime minister is weak and dishonest. are you worried that we could treat our historic friends and enemies and historic enemies as friends? >> possible i think is a fair question. i have had a very good meeting with the g-7. i will be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually
every one of those countries. he united states, because of bad management, because the ade or did not understand it or whatever reason, for many years with china being obviously, the most successful at it. but the europe uonis we have been taken advantage of on trade. canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits. we have a big trade deficit with canada. and anlly 100. another put out a doment. i don't know if he saw. perhaps they were trying to show the power they have, hundred billion dollars a year loss with canada. th take our fproduc. they charge what was 270 percent but someone told me the
other day a few months ago they visited 295 percent. for dairy products. it is very unfair to the farmers and the people of the country. and they have tremendous barriers up and a tremendous terrace. the balance is in so much as like this. they say it's terrible. and i say what's terrible? you have to have balance. even if it is not completely have to have aittle balance. anyw finished the meeting, really everybody was happy. and i agreed to the changes. in fact angela merkel forget around with very well, i was sitting there like this, that picture was waiting for the document because i wanted to see the final document as changed with what i requested.
i know -- i was angry at her. actually, we were just talking. about something unrelated to everything. waiting for the document to come back so i could read it. anyway, i left and it was very friendly. when i got on the plane, i think justin probably did not know that air force one has about 20 televisions. he is saying how we will not be pushed around. and i said push them around? it was very friendly. but countries cannot take advantage of us on trade. the numbers are out. over the last couple of years, and over the last many years, this country has lost $800 billion on trade with other countries. the biggest one being china. $800 billion.
150 billion. they take a lot of what we have and yet they say -- by the millions. it is very unfair to our workers. i will straighten it out. and it will not even be tough. thank you. [inaudiblestion] >> i would like to involve congress, yes. i have a good relationship with justin trudeau. there was a news conference that he had because he assumed -- i was not watching. it cost a lot of money for the people of canada. you can't do that.
we left, we have a very good relationship. i have had a good researcher with justin. i have a good relationship with angela merkel. but we are playing 4.2 percent anis .1 rcent. we are paying 4.2 percent on a much larger -- we are paying for -- anyone can say from 60 0 percent of nato. we are protecting countries and on top of it, they do that on trade. we cannot have it that way. i have a good relationship with justin and i think a very good relationship with the chairman kim right now. i really do. i hope it is good because if it is we will solve a very big problem. to solving it today. should we keep going for a little while? the legendary sarah huckabee sanders. should we keep going? okay. i don't care.
we just get home a little later in the evening, right? go ahead. >> hi, mr. president. welcome, i hope you enjoyed our food. have, you describe -- [inaudible question] >> yes, we are getting together next week to go into details. next week. to go over the details and get this stuff done. we want to get this done. we also are working very much with south korea, working with japan. we are working with china. we are working with china. [inaudible question] >> i would come back gladly. your prime minister was
fantastic. we were with him yesterday. he has been a great job. probably made a difference actually, thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. president. what was it about the first interaction with chairman kim this morning that made you decide not to walk away after you said you would know within the first minute? >> i said about relationships. i said that about people. i was generous, i said five seconds. but sometimes that does not work out. sometimes it does. om the beginning. but there has been a lot of groundwork. we started talking about, he did not just start talking about these very complex subjects going on for 70 years. we have been discussing this for months. once the rhetoric stopped, once they did a great thing. north korea did a great thing
by going to the olympics. because the olympics, president moon will tell you this. the olympics was not exactly doing great.people did not file being mobbed out of the opening ceremony. they were not exactly selling tickets. as soon as chairman kim said, let's participate in the olympics, it sold like wildfire. and it waa great success. they did a great ing. since that time, pretty much since at tim because you know the delegation came from south korea. they just met with north korea and came to the white house. they told me lots of things that they would be willing to denuclearize. we have been really talking about that from the end of the olympics. when the delegation came to say various things. including that. >> a second question.
you said earlier today north korea agrees to to duke new student denueaon. how do you know that they are not all talk and no action? >> can i make sure that you can sit down properly? and you cannot ensure anything. all i can say is that they want to make a deal. that is what i do. my whole life has been deals. i have been great at it. that is what i do. i know when somebody wants a deal and i know when someone doesn't. a lot of politicians don't. that's not their thing. but it is my thing. again, -- i just feel very strongly. my instinc, eyant to make a deal. and making a deal is a great thing for the world. even china. i cannot imagine china is happy
with somebody having nuclear weapons so close. so china was very helpful. i think he wants to make a deal.can anybody ã regardless, negotiations continue. thank you very much. [inaudible question] >> no, i think i help them because i think there is nothing i can say. although we do is do what i can do. and that is to stop the nuclear relation. we had to do other things. that's a very important thing.
at a certain point hopefully will be able to ask a much more positive question or make a statement. not much i can do right now. we'll see -- i think they're one of the winter today.a large group of people. i think so. >> would you ever consider removing sanctions without seeing improvement? >> no. i want to know that it will happening. and again, once you start the process, they will be at a point that you cannot go back. once we reach that point, -- go ahead. >> mr. president, did you call for denuclearization and for
crippling sanctions -- >> i think south korea and japan will help. i think they're prepared to help them. i think they can help them greatly. the united states has been paying a big price and a lot of different places but south korea which obviously is right next to her and japan which essentially is next door. they will be helping them i think they will be doing a very generous job. yes? >> thank you, mr. president. [inaudible question] >> when you say, i think we will do it as fast as it can be done scientifically. as fast as it can be done mechanically. i have read horror stories, is a 15 year process. asng you want to do it quickly i don't believe that.
the road is long but there will be a point at which when you are 20 percent, you cannot go back. -- a great professor for 40 years, i would discuss nuclear with him for a long time. he was a great genius. he was there 40 years i was told. in fact there was a book on my uncle. we used to talk about a very complex subject. it is not just like let's get rid of nuclear weapons. it takes time. but i'm talking about the first period. when you hit a certain point it is hard to go back. -- >> thank you, mr. president. i want to talk about sanctions. he said in the beginning that the chinese are not doing as great a job securing the border than they were before.
you expect some -- the russian and were talking about this while negotiations were underway. and restoring some form of trade. with all of this appeared to be moving toward eroding sanctions, how do you keep sanctions -- what levera do you have? >> we have a lot of leverage. a tremendous leverage. i do believe with china, despite the relationship with the president, i have great respect for him. we have tough talks on trade. i think it probably affects china somewhat. but i have to do what i have to do. and i think over the last two months, the border is more open than it was when first started. that is what it is. we have to do it. we have a tremendous,
tremendous deficit in trade. commonly known as a trade deficit. we have a tremendous deficit in trade with china. we have to do something about we can't continue to let that happen. and i think that as my relationship in terms of the border, i do not think it has an relationship, i don't think it affects my feeling or relationship to the president but we first started, we were ready to go that route. and as we started preparing, and getting ready to do this, -- it is a shame but have to do it. i have no choice. for our country have to do appear south korea, doing whatever is necessary. it means we can't trade that i want trade. if they thi thenknd this with -- if they think they can do work because, we are actually very -- that is far
down the line. it is not something you just happen to be put together. this was done over months. and again, the rhetoric was important and sanctions were important. i don't even know which one was they were both important. go ahead. [inaudible question] if you e willing to do more than was done in the randolph for dismantling both uranium and plutonium and whether or not you had a sense that he really understood what that involved and a timetable in his own mind. >> i can tell you he understands.
he understands it so well, he understands it better than the people working for him. it's an easy one. as far as what he has, it is substantial. the timing will go quickly. i believe you will see some good action. as an example, one of the things, -- the missiles. i really believe it is going to go very quickly. i really believe that it is going to go fast. it is substantial. i used to say maybe it is all talk and no action. we have a pretty good intelligence into that. probably less there than any other country. you understand that i think better than anyone in the room. probably less there than any other country. but we have enough intelligence to knowhat th have is very substantial. this is one that i always say this should not have taken
place so late in the process. five years ago or 20 years ago or -- we did not have to worry about not having a successful meeting like today. [inaudible question] >> we have not set that up. we will probably need another summit. we can use a different term. i will say this, we are much further along. i did not think we would be -- peoples pes too much.ld up i told people i thought that this was be a successful meeting.if we got along and developed a relationship and we
could have gotten to this .3 or four months from now. but it really happened very quickly. a lot of that is because of the foundation that was put down before we met. a lot of things happen very fast.we did not have, it was not one of the things on the agenda. i brought it up at the very end because so many people have talked to me about it. and i brought up at the very end. he was really very gracious. let's talk about it next time. said, it made sense.we will do it. and he knew. how incredible people are. along roads and highways and paths. they move rapidly. but he knew and that was brought up at the very end. yet it was really great, a lot of people will be very happy.
[inaudible queion] >> thank you. it was very good. what you do. go ahead. >> so, -- >> now i will probably get a killer question! >> i want to talk about the future of north korea. specifically the people, a brighter future with prosperity. you showed a video of what the future could be like but do you have an idea of the model that he would like to go towards? economically, if he has a more -- >> good question. i think that was done at the highest level of future development. i am told, you may not like this, you might want a much lower version of this.
but you may not want the trains and everything else. everything. and maybe, it will be up to them, the people, what they want. it was a version of what could happen and what could take place. as an example, you see whenever the exploding cannons into the ocean. wouldn't that make a great -- you could have the best hotels in the world right there. from a real estate perspective. yes south korea and china. this is great. i told them, you may not want to do that. you might want a smaller version of it. and i will tell you, he looked at that tape. he looked at the ipad and i am
telling you, they really enjoyed it. i believe. we will do three more. go ahead. [inaudible] >> do you now see kim jong-un as an equal? you just showed a video that showed you and kim jong-un on equal -- >> no, i think that -- i do not view it that way. i will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. if i have to say i am sitting on the stage, i understand what you are getting at.if i have to say i am sitting on the stage with -- and it will get us to save lives, i'm willing to sit on the stage. i'm willing to travel.