President Trump News Conference from Singapore CSPAN June 12, 2018 4:14am-5:21am EDT
in history be changed? will the world embrace the change? when could this moment in history begin? incomes down to a choice this day, at this time, in this moment. the world will be watching, listening, anticipating, hoping. will this leader choose to advance his country and be part of a new world? be the hero of his people? of peacehake the hand and enjoy prosperity like he has never seen? a great life or more isolation? which path will be chosen? featuring president donald trump and chairman kim jong-un in a meeting to remake history. to shine in the sun. what moment, one choice. what if?
the future remains to be written. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states donald trump. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much everybody. we appreciate it. we're getting ready to go back. tremendous 48 hour's. we have had a tremendous three months actlly, because his of been going on right a while. that was a tape we gave do chairman can mend his people, his representatives. it captures a lot. it captures what could be done. that is a great, a great place. it has the potential to be a great place to between south korea, if you think about it, in china. it has got tremendous attention.
i think he understands that it wants to do what is right. it is my honor today to address the people of the world following this very historic summit with chairman kim jong-un of north korea. we spent verysiveours together and i think most of you have gotten the signed document, or you will very shortly. it is very comprehensive. it is going to happen. i stand before you as an emissary of the american people to deliver a message of hope and vision and a message of peace. let me begin by thinking our incredible hosts and singapore, mr. lee, a friend of mine. we send our warmest wishes to every citizen of singapore, who really made this visit so important and so pleasant allite all of the work and
of the long hours. i also want to thank president moon of south korea. he is working hard. in fact, i will be speaking to them right after we are finished. aubrey of japan, a friend of mine. he just left our country. he wants what is right for japan. in for the world. a good man. and a very special person, president xi of china who has really closed up that border. maybe a little bit less so over the last months, but that is ok. but he has really has a end he is a terrific person and a friend of mine and a really great leader of his people. i want to thank them for their efforts to help us get through .his very historic day most importantly, what to think chairman can for taking the first old step toward a bright, new future for his people. meeting, thented
first between an american president and a leader of north korea. it proves that real change is indeed possible. meeting with german chem was honest, direct, and productive. we got to know each other well and a very confined time under strong, strong circumstances. we are prepared to start a new history and we are ready to write a new chapter between our nations. nearly 70 years ago, think of that, 70 years ago, extremely bloody conflict ravaged the korean peninsula. in thess people died conflict, including tens of thousands of brave americans. yet, while the armistice was agreed to the war never ended. to this day, never ended. it now we can all have hope that it will soon end.
and it will. it will soon end. definet does not have to the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. has proven over and over agn, adversaries can indeed become friends. we can honor the sacrifice of our forefathers by replacing the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. that is what we are doing. that is what we have done. there's no limit to what north korea can achieve when he gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce and engages with the rest of the world t really wants to engage. chairman ken has before him -- chairman kim has before him an opportunity like none before. inbe remembered as a leader a glorious new era of prosperity and security for his people. signedn kim and i just
an agreement where he gives his unwavering agreement to denuclearize the korean peninsula. we also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement s as possible. and, he wants to do that. this is not the past. this is not another administration that never got it started. and therefore never got it done. chairman kim has told me that north korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site. that is not in your signed docu we agreed to that after the document was signed. that is a big thing. but the missiles they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon. today is the beginning of an arduous tosses. open.es are wide a piece is always worth the
effort, especially in this case. a longould of been done time ago. this should of been resolved a long time ago but we are resolving it now. toirman kim has the chance see an incredible future for his people. anyone can make war but only the peace.urageous can make people.e truly gifted they share the same heritage, language, customs, culture, and destiny. 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 .ill effect we dream of a future where all koreans can live together in harmony, where families are
reunited and hopes are reborn and where the light of peace chases away the darkness of war. this bright future is with -- and this ishat is happening -- it is right there. it is within our reach. it is going to be there. it is going to happen. people thought this could never take place. it is now taking place. it is a very great day. it is a very great moment in the history of the world. kim is on his way back to north korea and i know for a fact that as soon as he arrives he is going to start a process that will make a lot of .eople very happy and very safe so it is an honor to be heard today. it is a big gathering, i must say. it mak me fe very uncomfortable. but it is what it is. people understand this is something very important to all
of us, including yourselves and your families. for beingthank you here. we will take questions. go ahead, sure. nbc. >> two questions. the menu that today, kim jong-un, as you know has killed family members -- the man you kim jong-un, as you know has killed family members. how do you feel cfoable calling him very talented? pres. trump: he is very talented. anyone who takes over like he did at 26-years-old and is able to run and run it tough -- i do not say he is nice. at thae,an take one out of 10000 and they probably could not do it. -- otto,er is a very he is a very good -- his parents
were very good runs of mine. something happened froat day. it was a terrible thing. it was brutal. that a lot of people started to focus what was going on. including north area. i really think that otto is someone who did not die in vain. i told this to his parents. special parents, i have to say. special parents, special people. otto did not die in vain. about second question was the security assurances you talked about. can you be specific about what assurances you are willing to give to kijong-un? does that include reducing capabilities? pres. trump: at some point i have to be honest. i used to say this during my campaign. i want to get our soldiers out. i want to bring our soldiers on. we have right now 32,000
soldiers and south korea. i would like to be up to bring them back on but that is not equation part of the right now. we will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money. unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should, but we will be saving a tremendous amount of money. plus, i think it is very evocative. yes? go ahead. go ahead. i'm sorry. i thought you are john roberts. i looked at you, much better. >> we're frequently confused, mr. president. the joint statement does not talk about verifiable or irreversible denuclearization. is that a concession on the part of the united states? pres. trump: not at all. if you look at it, it it says --
let's see here -- it will be gone -- i don't think you can be any more plane than what we are asking. the establishment of the new u.s. dprk building. the guarantees, unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. this is the document that we just signed. >> did you discuss with chairman kim methods to verify either with the united states are international organizations that for a process? president trump: yes we did. it will be verify. it will be achieved by having a lot of people there. as we develop a certain trust, and we think we have done that, secretary pompeo has been really doing a fantastic job. his staff, everybody. as we do that, we are want to have a lot of people there and we are going to be working with them on a lot of other things. at this is complete
denuclearization of north korea. it will be verify. >> will those be american people ? president chocolate a combination. and we have talked about. go head. be nice. be respectful. >> i will be very respectful. what did kim jong-un sage you to give you the confidence that they are not cheating the system and gaming the world and the people who will have to go in and make sure they are living up there actual nuclear arsenal. trump: they proceeded down a path in the past and as you know nothing got done. they took billions of dollars from the clinton regime. took billions of dollars that nothing happened. it was a terrible thing. and, he actually brought it up to me and he said, we endeavor gone this far.
i do not -- and he said, we have never gone this far. i don't think they have the confidence and a president to get things done and have the ability to get things done. he was very from that he wants to do this. i think you might want to do this as much or even more than me he could as they see a very bright future for north korea. so you never know, right? you never know. but i tell you what, we signed a very comprehensive document today. we signed a very, very comprehensive document. i think he is going to live up to that document. in fact, when he lands, which is going to be shortly, think he will start that process right way. i do. i do. i can only say i know him very well. it has been very rhetorical, as you know. i think without the rhetoric, it would not have happened. i think without other things going along, i think the establishment of a new team was very important. we're great team.
it i do. i think he wants to get it done. i really feel that very strongly. you know, you guys look alike when the light is right. the hair is very similar. -- let me see, you have very good hair. >> it is the angelic glow of the backlight that makes us look similar. biological weapons, nuclear weapons and whatnot is one problem in north korea. the other is the horrible record they have on human rights. was at discussed at all? pres. trump: yes, it was discussed. it will be discussed more in the future, human rights. but what was also discussed in great detail was the fact that we have, you know, and i must've had countless calls and letters. anything you can do, they want the remains of their son's back. they want the remains of their
fathers and mothers and all of the people that caught -- got caught and that really brutal war which took place to a large extent and north korea. i asked for today and got it. that was a very last-minute. e be coming back. they're going to start the process immediately. it's a many people, even during the campaign, they will say is there anyway you can work with north korea to get the remains of my son back, or my father back. so many people asked this question. and i said, we do not get along very well with that particular group of people. but now we do. that veryeed to quickly. it was really a nice thing. and he understands that. he understands that. so for the thousands and thousands, i guess way over 6000 as far as we know in terms of the remains, they will be
brought back. >> the p.o.w.-mia issue is very important to a lot of people. what do you, president trump, expect kim jong-un to do about his human rights record regarding the north korean people? president trump: was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization. obviously, that is where we started and where we ended. but they will be doing things. i think he wants to do things. i think he wants to. you would be very surprised. very smart. very good negotiator. once you do the right thing. you know, he brought up the fact that in the past they took dialogue. they never were like we are. there has never been anything like what is taken place now. it they went down the line. andns of dollars was given the following day the nuclear program continued. -- billions of dollars was given and the following day the
nuclear program continued. at this is a much different of president. and perhaps this is one of the reasons i campaigned on this issue, as you know very well. people are.those you do not look like either of the two. go ahead and >> thank you mr. president. touch on the issue of peace treaty? and will you travel to pyongyang anytime soon? president trump that is the day i will very much -- pres. trump: that is a day i will look very much forward to. and i will also invite kim jong-un to the white house. i think it is a day that will be very important. i said, at the appropriate time. we want to go further down the road. but what we signed today was a lot of things included.
and then you have things that were not included that we got signed.e deal was i got that before my life and we did not put it in the agreement because we did not have time. i think most of you have been handed out the agreement or soon will. you have not? ok, if you could of those agreements passed out. we just finished is a little while ago. if you could of the agreements passed out you will see what we are talking about. yes, sir? drugs congratulations, mr. president. -- play? did japan pay did the abductions come up? also, the fate of the christians? doing an interview with japanese television? 50,000 troops are in town. pres. trump: yes, absolutely. abduction. the whole denuclearization subject certainly, as i would say, was his main point.
and i brought it up, absolutely. and they are going to be working on that. we did not put it down in the ment that i worked on. christians, yes. brought it up. very strongly. you know, franklinraham spends a tremendous amount of time and north korea. very close to his art. it did come up. things will be happening. ok? thank you very much. great question. yes? >> thank you mr. president. ofurning to the question human rights, you spoke very powerfully on the issue during your state of union address. showed -- you said at that had moret north korea brutally oppressed its people than any of the regime on earth. do you still believe that is the case, having sat down with kim jong-un?
does he need to change the? pres. trump: i believe it is a rough situation over there. no question about. we did discuss it today pretty strongly, i mean, knowing what that main purpose of what we were doing is. denuclearization. we discussed it a great length. but we will be doing something on a. it is rough. it is rough in a lot of places, by the way. not just there. and i thinkssed it ultimately we will agree to something but it was discussed at lengthutsidef the nuclear situatn. one of the primary topics. does that have to change to bring on his glorious new or are you talked about? pres. trump: i think it probably has to, but it will. thank you very much. steve, is that you there steve? >> thank you. what timetable to -- do you envision for denuclearization?
president trump: i have been reading a lot about this. it does take a long time to, you know, pull a complete denuclearization. it takes a long time scientifically. you have to wait certain periods of time and a lot of things happen. but once you start the process it mea it is pretty much over. you can't use them. that is the good news. and that is going to start very soon, i believe it will start very soon. we will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done. the sanctions will come off when we are sure that nukes are no longer a factor. sanctions played a big role. but they will come off it that way. i hope it will be soon but they will come off -- as you know, the sanctions right now remain it at a certain point actually look forward to taking them off. he had, they will come off when we are down the road and know nothing is going to happen.
yes, go ahead. >> congratulations on this summit. pres. trump: thank you. congratulations to everybody, by the way. you signed aocent with kim jong-un, essentially appease pisa paper. essentially had -- a piece of paper. lots of people of done so, only to find they reneged on what it happen. what is different? president trump: you have a different president, a different secretary of state. your people that, you know, it is very important to them. and we get it done. the other people, maybe it was not a priority. i do not think they could've gotten it done if it was a priority, frankly. i don't think they could've gotten it done if it was a priority.
it would've been easier back then will stop it would've been easier if it was five years ago or 10 years go. i'm not just blaming resident obama. this goes back 25 years. i was given a very toughan i was given this. i was given the area deal -- the lots of othd problems. the iran deal, i did a because nuclear is always number one to meet. the array and deal, i think iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago. i do not think they're looking so much at syria like they were with total confidence. i do not think they are so confident right now. but i hope, like they said, i hope that at the appropriate time after the sanctions cake -- and they are brutal, what we put on., i hope they will come back and negotiate a real deal. right now it is too soon for
that. yes? >> you talk about establishing relationships. changing ambassadors. how long before that happens? pres. trump: good question. we have to get things moving first. little bit early for that. we have to get things moving. yes? >> can you clarify when you said you are stopping wargames. so you are stopping the military exercises with south korea? pres. trump: yes. we have done wargames with them for a long time. we call them wargames, i call them wargames. they are tremendously expensive. the amount of money we spend on that is incredible. south korea contributes, but not 100% which is certainly a subject we have to talk to them about also. that has to do with military expense and also the trade. we actually have a new deal with
south korea in terms of the trade deal. we've to talk to many countries about treating is fairly. the wargames are very expensive. we fly in bombers from guam. when it first started i asked, where to the bombers come from? nearby. where is nearby? 6.5 hours. 6.5 hours, that 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 then go back to guam. i know a lot about airplanes. it is very expensive. and i did not like it. and i did say was -- and i think it is very provocative, i have to tell you jnifet is a very provocative situation. when i see that and you have a country right next door, under the circumstances we are negotiating a very conference of deal.
i think it is very inappropriate to be having wargames. number one, we save a lot of money. number two, i think it is very muchthat they appreciated. >> did we get something in return? pres. trump: i ofred that. you know, some of the people, i don't know, maybe they mean it. i don't want to go against the don't.i just especially today. i know some of the people are saying, the president has agreed to meet. he is given up so much. i gave up nothing. i'm here. i have not slept and 25 hours, but i thought it was appropriate to do because we had been negotiating literally around the clock, with them, with us, with john, mike, and a whole team of very talented people. but, we have not even up anything except other than your right. we agreed to meet.
i think everything was every bit as good for the united states is was for north korea. i just broke down some of the things -- i just wrote down some of the things we got. sure, they got a meeting. it only a person who dislikes donald trump wou sgreed to make a big commitment. i agreed to take some time and come here and meet, but i think that is great for us as a country and i think it is great for them. but what do they do to justify this meeting? secured commitment for complete denuclearization. that is the big thing. they secured the release of three american hostages. they already gave them to us three months ago. these people are now living happily with their homes and their families. it was pretty rough for them, to put it mildly. secured the commitment to recover the remains including --
these are of follmann heroes. -- fall heroes. they have given a commitment to recover the remains. i was amazed so many people of asked me, is it possible? as a possible? at that time, we had no relationship to chairman kim or anybody else in north korea. you know, it was a very closed society. so we're getting the remains back. secured the halt of all nuclear missiles and tests. for seven months you not had a nuclear test, you haven't had a missile, a nuclear explosion. i remember a nuclear event took place. 8.8 on the richter scale. i heard on the radio, they , younced that a massive know, or earthquake, to place somewhere in asia. then they said it was in north korea. and they found out it was a
nuclear test. i said,' hf richtesc the high eight's. if you look, there has been no missile launches. they have blown up theis area. thats going to take place. that has not been written into the contract. we're going to give you the exact details on that. but, they secured a full missiles and nuclear tests, they secured the closure of their single primary nuclear test site. all three of them. they are in an area that is common, around each other. they secured the closure. they secured the commitment to destroy the missile engine testing site. that was not in your agreement. i got that after we signed the agreement. i said, do me a favor. you have business luncheon testing site. have this missile engine testing site. we know where it is because of the heat.
i said, can you close the question marquise going to close it up. we maintained the ability to continue to apply sanctions. so we are continuing sanctions. i had 300 sanctions i was going to put on last week and i said, i cannot put on sanctions when we are meeting. i thought it was very disrespectful. 300 big ones. powerful ones. and i said, it would be disrespectful. jennifer, when you look at everything we got, and when we got our hostages back i did not pay 1.8 dollars in cash like the hostages it came back from iran, which was a disgraceful situation, what took place. so we have gotten a lot. so when i hear somebody in the media say that "president trump ."s 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 think a lot of great things can happen. yes, go ahead.
>> sir, you listed off a lot of things you got in this meeting. not too long ago you said you defined success in this meeting of north korea giving up their nuclear weapons. president trump: that is what they are doing. that is what they are doing. for complete, verifiable, irreversible -- can you say what you did not secure those details in this agreement? pres. trump: because there was no time. we were there for many hours intensively but that process is now going to take place. i would be surprised if they hadn't started already. they have started. they blew up their site. they blew up their testing site. and i will say he knew prior to coming. it is not a surprise. it is not ke we had never discussed it. we discussed it. mike disgu very ngly with his counterpart in north
korea. they knew this was -- let's say they would not agree with that -- i would not signed an agreement. there was no agreement that would've been signed. so they had to agree to that. it was not a big point today because really disadvantaging care of more than anything, this this was taking care of before we got the. so when we talk about that today, you see the language. it is very strong. it is in the document today. yes ma'am? >> could you talk about the military consequences for north korea they do not follow through on the commitments question mark president trump: i don't want to talk about that. that is attempting to talk about. because i don't want to be threatening. i don't want to be threatening. you have seen what was perhaps going to happen. you know, saul has 28 million people. you look at -- you know, saul, know, seoul, korea,
has 28 million people. it is right next to the border. it is right there. if this would've happened, i think i have heard 100,000 people. i think you could've lost 20 million people, 30 million people. this is really an honor for me to be doing this because i think potentially you could've lost 30 million, 40 million, 50 million people. the city of seoul, one of the biggest cities in the world is right next to the border. perhapstime we needed -- we coulnot ofllowed that kind of capability from the standpoint of the united states and certainly japan was not going to allow it, either. japan was right next door. >> can you tell us about the video you showed before this? when didou show that? pres. trump: i hope you like it. i hope you thought it was good.
i thought it was interesting enough to show. korean.nglish, one in we had it made. i showed it to them today, actually during the meeting. toward the end of the meeting. and, i think he loved it. we did notavg scbien like you have the luf having because we had it on a cassette. and ipad. and they played it. eight of their representatives were watching and i thought they were fascinated by it. i thought it was well done. i showed it to because that is the future. i mean, that is the future. they could very well be the future. the other alternative is not a very good alternative. it is just not good. i showed it because i really something.o no, i don't to go really had to show it because i think he wants to get it done. yes, go ahead. how was the staten island ferry doing?
ok? he wrote the best story about me about the staten island ferry and after that he is not written anything good. >> that was a long time ago. it has been a veryusy weoryou. you ar leaving singapore having determined kim jong-un is a very talented man. saying that other president trudeau was weekend dishonest. would you say to those who think you must be jeopardizing our alliances and treating our historic enemies as friends? pres. trump: i think that is a fair question. i had a very good meeting with the g7. and i let the meeting and i will be on us. we are being taken advantage of by virtually everyone of those countries. because of the bad management at the top, because of presidents that did not care or understand trade or whatever reason.
for many years, china being obviously the most successful but the european union is second. we are being taken advantage of on trade. bigda doese very advantages over us in terms of trade deficits. we have a big trade deficit with canada. i was reading that it was actually a surplus. it is not a surplus. it is either 17 but it could be 100. they put out a document. they did not want me to see it but we found it. perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. billion aely $100 year loss to canada. they don't take our farm products, many of them. they charge what is 270% but someone told me the other day they wasted to 295% for dairy products. it is very unfair for the workers, the farmers, the people, the companies in our
country. but we are not able to trade. they have tremendous barriers center of some. and i put up a counterterror to get us up a little bits of the ballots is not so much -- i aunterterror -- when i put up tar wshed the happy. and everybody was i agreed to sign something. i asked for something. the picture with angela merkel, who i get along with very well, i'm certain there like this, that picture was we were waiting for the document because i wanted to see the final document as changed by the changes i requested. it was very friendly. friendly.did not look i know it was reported is angry both ways. actually, we're just talking. the whole group.
unrelated to anything. very friendly, win for the document to come back. i left the group and it was very friendly. when i got out to the plan, think justin does not realize that air force one has brought 20 televisions. i see the television and he is giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the united states. i said, pushed around? we just can't. it was very friendly. look, countries cannot continue to take advantage of us on trade. over the last couple years, over the last many years, but over the last couple years, this country has lost $800 billion in trade with other cries. the biggest one being china. $800 billion. $151 billion went to the european union. they don't take our agriculture products, barely. a don't take our products, get they send in mercedes and bmw's into us.
out going to straighten it and it will not even be tough. ok? thank you. go ahead. go ahead. [indiscernible] [indiscernible] president trump: i have a good relationship with justin trudeau, i do. other than he had a news conference where he assumed i was in watching. it is going to cost a lot of money for the people of canada. i have a good relationship with justin. i have a very good relationship i make,ela merkel but we're paying 4.2% and she is much smaller gdp.
we are paying 4.2% on a much larger. anyone can say from 60%-90% of nato. we are protecting countries in europe, and then on top of that they kilis on trade. you just cannot have it that way. it is unfair to our people. goodo, i have a relationship with justin and i think i've a good relationship with chairman kim right now. i hope it is good. if it is, we're going to solve a very big problem. i think we can long way to solving it today. should we keep going? i do not know. it is up to the legendary sarah huckabee sanders. should we keep going? i don't care. it just means we get home a little later in the evening, right? go ahead. >> hi, mr. president. welcome to the country. i hope you enjoyed our food.
i wanted to find out, you described it as a process. some ongoing dialogue? pres. trump: yes. we're getting together next week to go into the details. searpoeo. yes. with john bolton and our entire team to go over the details and get this thing done. we want to get it done. he wants to get it done. we are also working very much with south korea, we're working wi japan. we are working with china, to a lesser extent. t we are working with china. i would come back gladly. your prime minister was fantastic. we are with him yesterday. he ire job. he was very welcoming. it probably made a difference, actually. it is a great place. thank you. yes ma'am? firstt was it about that interaction with chairman kim this morning that made you
decide not to walk away after you said you would know within the first minute? pres. trump: i've said about relationships. i've saithat about people. i was generous, i said five seconds. it you know, the first second and some cases. workimes that does not out. but sometimes it does. from the beginning, we got along. but there is been a lot of groundwork. as you know, we did not just come in and start talking about these very complex subjects that have been going on for 70 years. we have been discussing this for months. once the rhetoric stopped, once they did a great thi. you know, north korea did a great thing by going to the olympics because the olympics, and president moon military this, the olympics was not exactly doing great. like beingnot feel bombed out of the opening
ceremonies. you know, they were not exactly selling tickets. as soon as the chairman, chairman kim said let's participate in the olympics, a's all like wildfire and was great success, the olympic's a great success. he did a great tng. but since that time. or do much, since that time, because you know the delegation came from south korea that i just met with north korea, they told me lots of things including the fa that they would be willing to the new. -- willing to denuk we have been talking about that since the olympics. to talk about various things including denuking. phrase you have used to criticize your predecessor of political
opponents, how do you ensure that north korea is not all talk, no action moving forward? trump: can you ensure hing? can i ensure you will be able to sit down properly when you sit ? all i can assure is that they want to make a deal. that's what i do. that's what i am tunnel my life. that's what i do. in my know when somebody wants to deal and i nominate don't. a lot of politicians do not. it's not their thing. but, i know, i just feel very strongly, my instinct, my ability or talent, they want to make a deal. thingking a deal is great for the world. it is also a great thing for china. because i cannot imagine that china is happy with somebody having nuclear weapons so close. china was very helpful. i think he wants to make a deal. can anybody be certain? certaine going to be
soon, because the negotiations continue. ok? mentioned you have raised the issue of human rights. you would say to the people who have no ability to hear this press conference, the north koreans kept in a network of who likes. -- of gulags. have you betrayed them? pres. trump: i think i have helped them. all i can do is do it i can do. we have to stop the nuclear is nucleiziohe hopefully you will be a what asked me a much more positive question. not much i can do right now. hopefully he will do good things about that. i think that group of people are the big winners today.
go ahead. would you ever consider removing the sanctions without significant improvement in the human rights situation? no.. trump: i want significant improvement. i want to know that it will not be happening. once you start that process, even though you know it will not be finished, you will not be able to go back. --e week reach that point once we reach that point i will start to give it serious thought. >> did you discuss the cost of nuclearization and who will fit the bill while the crippling sanctions remain in place? pres. trump: i think south korea and china will help them. we will not have to help them.
the united states has been paying a big price and a lot of different places. which isea and japan next door will be helping t and i think they will be doing a generous job and a terrific job. they will be helping them. thank you, mr. president. i would like to follow-up -- steve asked how long it would arize theenucle peninsula. what did you mean? i've read harder stors -- it is a 15 year process, assuming you wanted to do it quickly. i do not believe that. at whichl be a point when you are 20% through, you cannot go back. >> how long will that take? an on call: i had
who was a professor at m.i.t. and i used to discuss nuclear with him all the time. he was a brilliant genius. he was there 40 years. the head of m.i.t. sent me a book on my uncle. we used to talk about nuclear. we are talking about a complex subject. it is not like let's get rid of the nukes. it takes a period of time. the main time i'm talking about is that first period. >> how long will that take? pres. trump: we do not know but it will go quickly. >> i wanted to ask again on the sanctions campaign. you alluded that the chinese are not doing as great a job securing the border as they were before. you expressed doubts when kim went to see president xi. the russian minister said there should not be sanctions while these negotiations were underway
and the south koreans are not talking about -- are now talking about restoring trade. with all of those players talking about eroding sanctions, how can you keep the sanction gime in place? what leverage and we have on these countries? i do believe that china, despite my relationship with president xi, we are having tough talks on trade. i think that affects china somewhat. i have to do what i have to do. over the last few months the border is more open than when we started, but that is what it is. we have a tremendous deficit in trade, commonly known as a trade deficit. we have to do something about it . we cannot continue to let that happen.
i think that has had an impact on my relationship in terms of the border. i do not think it has a relationship -- i do not think it affects my relationship to president xi but when we first started we were not ready to go that r. ande started preparing getting ready to do this, i think that has had an impact on the border, which is a shame. i have to do it for our country. south korea will do whatever is necessary to get a deal. if that means we cannot trade, we will not trade. if they think -- and they could do this with our concurrence -- they could do some work because we are far dowthe line. we are actually very far. that document is far down the line. it is not something that just happen to be put together. this was done over months. the rhetoric was important in
the sanctions were important. they were both important. mr. president, david sanger, new york times. i wonder if you could give us some sense of whether chairman kim told you how many nuclear weapons he has made and whether he is willing to turn those over first, and whether in your mind you need to do more than that was done in the iran deal for actually dismantling both the uranium and the plutonium process and whether you've had a sense that chairman kim understood what that involved and had a timetable in his own mind of showing that. pres. trump: i can tell you he understands. so well, heds it understands it better than the people doing the work for him. as far as what he has, it is substantial.
the timing will go quickly. i believe you will see good action. as an example, one of the things with the missile site you will be surprised to hear that was a throw in at the end. i believe it will go quickly. i believe it will go fast and it is a substantial arsenal. maybe it is all talk and no action. we have pretty good intelligence into that, although probably less there than any other country. you understand that may be better than anyone in the room. we have enough intelligence to know that what they have is substantial. this is why i always say the should not have taken place so late into the process. wouldn't this have been better if it was five years ago or 20 years ago and we did not have to worry about not having a successful meeting?
i still love my first interview with you, david. still have that interview. if there is a second summit with kim jong-un would it be in pyongyang? pres. trump: we have not set that up. we will need another summit or meeting. we'll probably need another one. we are much further along than i would have thought. i've told people, i do not want to build up hopes. i thght that this would be a successful meeting if we got along. we developed a relationship, and we could have gotten to this months, three or four but it happened quickly. a lot of that was because of the foundation put down before we met.
a lot of things happened very fast. -- bringing back the remains, that was not one of the things on our agenda. i ought it up at the very end because so many people had talked about it. he was gracious. in of saying let's talk about the next time, he said it makes sense, we will do it great they know where many of those where they are buried. along roads and highways and paths. our soldiers were moving back anforth and moved rapidly. it is very sad. that was brought up at the very end. it was great that he was able to do it. a lot of people going to be very happy about that. congratulations. thank you -- pres. trump: thank
you for the nice way you treat us. i do want to talk about the future of north korea, specifically the people. is jong-un is saying he bringing a brighter future for his people, even though they are living under oppression. do you have an idea of the model he would like to go towards economically. is he opened to work -- is the open to more economic freedom? pres. trump: you saw that tape today. that was done at the highest level of future development. i told him you may not want this, you may want to do a much smaller version of this. that.y not want with the trains and everything else. maybe you will not want that. it is going to be up to them and
the people what they want. they may not want that. i can understand that. that was a version of what could happen and what could take place. they have great beaches. you see that whatever they are exploding their cannons into the ocean. i said one at that make a great condo question -- i said wouldn't that make a great condo? think of it from a real estate perspective. you have south korea and china and they own the land in the middle. that is great. toold them you may not want do what is there, you may want to do a smaller version of it. that could be. he looked at that tape, he looked at that ipad and i am telling you they enjoyed it. we will do three more. >>
mi on the cover again this week? am i on the cover again this week? quite possible. do now see kim jong-un as an equal? pres. trump: i do not see 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 with chairman kim and that is going to get us to save 30 million lives, could be more than that, i'm willing to sit on the stage, i am willing to travel to singapore proudly and gladly. other than the fact that it is taking my time, they have given up a tremends amount. they have given it up even
before. you can add the olympics to the question. they went to the olympics. they took an olympics would have a massive failure, that maybe would not have opened, and they made it a tremendous success by agreeing to participate. at that to the list of things they have done. if i can save millions of lives by coming here, sitting down, and establishing a relationship with someone, it was a very powerful man, who has firm control of the country, and that country has very powerful nuclear weapons, it is my honor to do it. >> are you concerned the video you showed could be used by kim jong-un as propaganda? pres. trump: i'm not concerned at all. we could use that video for other countries. 2000, predear
clinton got a request from president kim jong-il to have a meeting and clinton refused and sent secretary of state albright. pres. trump: a spent $3 billion and got nothing. >> you got the request and went he tmeet him. do you understand the people who say that you gave him the ultimate present, the legitimacy to a regime who are oppressed its people without the ongoing process before you as the u.s. president meet and shake hands with this leader of north korea, who is piv a pressing his own people? i think we just answer the question. i understand it much better than you do. you mentioned a couple
specific concessio you g from kim jong-un, the return of remains and the destruction of the nuclear sites. pres. trump: and much more. >> i know you said the last thing was an add-on. if he does notollow through on these things, what are you prepared to do in response and will you lose faith in this process? pres. trump: i believe he will do it, otherwise i would not be doing this. it was the engine testing site in addition to the other things they have agreed to do, they have a very powerful engine testing site. we are able to see it because of the heat that it emits. happy. i'm very happy with those two points you mentioned. you might be referring to the engine testing site. i think he is going to do these things. i maybe be wrong. i may stand before you in six
months and say it i was wrong. i do not know if i will ever admit that, but i will find an excuse. >> i would like to know, would you call chinese president xi to discuss achievements you made and whath chairman kim is your exptation about china's role to establish the wrong term peace mechanism -- the long-term peace mechanism? expectation my about china is that china is a great country with great he is happy believe wei will be calling them shortl, maybe even before i land. the united states is a great country. economicallyecords
of over $7 trillion in net worth in addition to what we have. we are almost twice the size -- nobody talks about this, you hear a lot about china -- but the united states is almost twice the size of the economy of china. we have a great country and we are on the correct path. one more. that will be it. where is south korea? you deserve one. >> two questions. you mentioned earlier that you will talk to the south korean president over the phone? what do you plan to discuss with him. pres. trump: i just want to tell them about the meeting. very successful. he is a fine gentleman and a i ok forward to speaking with
him. he will be happy when he hears -- i've have already sent word about what happened. i sent the document to him. i will be talking to them shortly. >> and finally, in signing the peace treaty, do you plan to work this out with north korea chairman kim only or what you think about the involvement with south korea and china as signatories. pres. trump: i would like to have them involved. i think it would be great to ha china involved in south korea. >> thank you. pres. trump: mike, today have a transcript? they probably have a rough transcript. they did not report it. -- ty did not record it.
i wish there were. we probably have some notes or something. we had a great conversation. it was a heartfelt conversation. i do not have to verify because i have one of the great memories of all time, so i do not have to . i do not want to discuss it -- we have had numerous discussions. we have had important relationships established at mike's level and other levels. a couple of people are here from north korea. when we went into this final agreement, we did not go in cold. tremendouswith
relationship and tremendous knowledge and i think that is why we got it done. i will head back. it has been a long time since i have taken it easy. now we can take it a little bit easy and the work begins. i appreciate everyone being here and hope we have answered your questions. congratulations everyone being here. to me it is an important event in world history and to be true to myself i have to add that i want to get it completed. mike and our team have to get to work to get it completed. otherwise we have done a good job but if you do not get the ball over the goal line, it does not mean enough. thank you and congratulations to everyone in the room. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018]
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the final item on the president's trip to singapore. he is scheduled to depart in about two hours. the news conference extended well beyond an hour, taking alongons from reporters with a number of foreign reporters.