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>> do you now see kim jong-un as an equal? >> in what way? >> you just showed a video that showed you and kim jong-un on equal footing and discussing the future. >> no, i think i don't view it that way. i don't view it that way. i'll do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. if i have to say i'm sitting on a stage, i mean, i understand what you're getting at. if i have to say i'm sitting on a stage with chairman kim and that's going to get us to save 30 million lives, maybe more than that, i'm willing to sit on the stage. i'm willing to travel to singapore, very proudly, very gladly. again, other than the fact that it is taking my time, they have given up a tremendous amount. they've given it up even before, and even add the olympics to it. you can add the olympics to the question. they went to the olympics.
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they took an olympics, it was going to be a massive failure, maybe wouldn't have even opened, and made it a tremendous success by agreeing to participate. add that to the list of things they've done. brian, if i can save millions of lives by coming here, sitting down and establishing a relationship with someone who's a very powerful man, has firm control of a country, and that country has powerful nuclear weapons, it is my honor to do it. >> are you concerned he is going to use it as propaganda? >> i am not concerned. we could use that video for other countries. go ahead. >> mr. president, in the year 2000 president clinton got a request from kim john-il to travel to meet him.
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clinton refused, and sent secretary of state all bright. >> spent $3 million and got nothing. >> you on the other hand got the request and right away went here to meet him. do you understand those people who say that you gave him the ultimate present, legitimacy to a regime who oppress its people without on-going process before you as u.s. president and leader of the free world, meet, shake hands with this leader of north korea who is perceived to be oppressing brutally his own people. >> good. i think we just answered that. i understand it much better than you do. yeah, go ahead. thank you very much. >> mr. president, you mention a couple of specific concessions from kim, the return of remains and destruction of the nuclear
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site and i know you said -- >> and much more. >> i know you said the last thing was an add on, wasn't in the agreement, but he gave you his word. if he doesn't follow through on these things what are you prepared to do in response and women you lose faith in this process? >> no, i think he'll do it, i really believe that. otherwise i wouldn't be doing this. i really believe. it was the engine testing site in addition to all of the other things they agreed to do, it was they have a very powerful engine testing site that again we're able to see because of the heat that it emits. yeah. i'm able to -- i'm very happy, i tell you what, i'm very happy with the two points you mentioned, but you might be referring to the thing that's not in, which is the engine testing site. i think honestly he is going to do these things. i may be wrong. i may stand before you in six months and say hey, i was wrong. i don't know that i'll ever admit that, i'll find some kind
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of excuse. one more. come on. go ahead. sure. >> thanks, mr. president. i just would like to know will you call chinese president xi when you come back to d.c. to discuss about achievements you made today with chairman kim and what's your expectation of china's role to accelerate the process to establish long term peace mechanism? >> my expectation about china is that china is a great country with a great leader and a friend of mine. and i really believe he's happy we made this kind of progress, and i've heard from him. i will be calling him shortly, maybe even before i land. and i have to say, you know, the united states is a great country, and we have set records economically over $7 trillion in net worth in addition to what we
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have. we are almost twice the size, the economy of the united states. nobody talks about this because you hear a lot about china, rightfully so, but the united states now is almost twice the size of the economy of china. we have a great country and we are on a correct path. one more, that will be it. south korea? where is south korea. i think you deserve. go ahead. go. you deserve one. yes. you deserve one. >> i have two questions for you, mr. president. first, you mentioned earlier, you're going to talk with south korean president over the phone. what do you plan to discuss? >> i want to tell him about the meeting, very successful, and he'll be very much involved in final negotiation. he is a very, very fine gentleman, also a friend of mine, and i look forward to speaking. he will be very happy when he hears about it. i already sent word about what happened. i sent the document to him and
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all of the details behind the document. so i'll be talking to him very shortly. >> if i may ask another question. in signing a peace treaty, do you hope, do you plan to work this out with north korea's chairman kim only or what do you think about involvement of south korea and china as signatories? >> i would like them to be involved, there's a question whether or not we're supposed to or whether we have to legally. i think it would be great to have china involved and south korea. mike, do they have a transcript? they probably have a rough transcript you can give us if you have one. no, they didn't record it. i don't think they recorded it. are there any recordings of it? i wish there were because it is interesting stuff. we probably have some notes or
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something, but they have actually detailed notes i would imagine. we had a great conversation. it was a very heart felt conversation. i don't have to verify, i have one of the great memories of all time. i don't have to. yeah, but i don't want to discuss it. what we did is we've had numerous discussions, we've had very important relationships established at mike's level and other levels, a few people in the back from the room. when we went into the final agreement importantly we didn't go in cold, we went in with tremendous relationship and tremendous knowledge and i think that's why we got it done. so i'm going to head back. i don't know about you folks,
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but it has been a long time since i've taken it easy. now we can take it a little easy, then the work begins again. i appreciate everybody being here. i hope we answered your questions, and thank you very much. congratulations everybody. this is really to me, it is a very important event in world history and to be really true to myself, i have to add i want to get it completed. so mike, the whole team has to get to work and get it completed. otherwise, we've done a good job, but if you don't get the ball over the goal line, it doesn't mean enough. okay? so thank you and sort of congratulations to everybody in the room. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> candor from the president who said he now wants to complete this. wants to get the ball over the finish line. you heard him there talking for more than an hour to reporters from all over the world about the history that unfolded in singapore, meeting face to face, first time a sitting president
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meeting face to face with the leader of north korea. and in talking to reporters, turning to the agreement that he and kim jong-un signed, the letter they signed, pointing to one line, unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization, the president pointing to that line over and over again. he said without the rhetoric ratcheting up in the last several months with north korea that this likely would not have happened. he was asked about the sanctions. he said they will come off when nukes are no longer a factor and hopes they come off soon. asked about the military, there will not be reductions of u.s. in the region, but war games commonly seen with south korea will come to an end and will save the u.s. a lot of money in his words. he did say he would travel to pyongyang when the time is right and that he would invite chairman kim to the white house, again pointing out when the time is right. i want to bring in chief white house correspondent jonathan carl.
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you hit him describe kim as talented, smart, and a very good negotiator. >> warm words about chairman kim about kim jong-un. he also faced questions. i asked him about the human rights situation in north korea. it wasn't that long ago, david, that the president in his state of the union address said that kim jong-un leads the most repressive regime on the planet. he spoke very forcefully about the human rights situation back then. now it seems like it was not a major part of this discussion, although it was interesting in his answer to me on that, he both said that he spoke briefly about human rights in the meeting and spoke extensively about human rights in the meeting. the bottom line is the president believes he is on a path towards peace, that this was a landmark day for him. i have not seen him answer questions in a venue anything
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like this. this is really his first full blown press conference since february of last year. he clearly considers this a landmark achievement, a signature achievement and wanted to talk about it. although it was also equally clear there are many, many details that are nowhere near worked out and we are a long way from an actual agreement on denuclearization. >> two of the key deals unanswered, the key questions as you point out, how much human rights was discussed. he said in answer to jon karl what discussed, but they need to dive into it more deeply. and of course, how he will v verify that it happens is the biggest question going forward. >> absolutely. we need to learn more about that in the future. one of the things i was struck by in the press conference again, well over an hour, he had real command of the issues. i think he enjoyed taking those
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questions. he liked letting people know how much he knew about this issue. i think all of this will embolden and empower president trump as we go forward in the second half of his presidency because this maximum pressure campaign brought us to where we are today. there's lots to be done. lots of detail, lots of verification that has to happen, but for now, that campaign worked. >> and for a president who knows the media and knows how to interact with the media, he looked out at the room and said the number of reporters from all over the world had an impact on him, made him feel uncomfortable. then he went about answering questions for more than an hour as you point out in a calm demeanor, which i thought reflected his acknowledgment of the history, the possibilities of this moment, and as i mention, his candor in the end saying this is history but also has to be completed. he recognizes that. >> martha is right, this is a
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president in kmanld of his material. i have seen it privately, but this was something to watch. the american people will find that this president secured a blueprint for peace, the beginning of an arduous process, will take time, he acknowledged that, but it is remarkable. >> was asked shortly after the agreement was signed, do you trust kim jong-un, he said i in fact do trust him, at least for now. he said at the end of the press conference as we mentioned, lasted longer than an hour, very comfortable taking questions on the scope, wide ranging questions on this material, his command of the material, saying perhaps i'll be back in front of you in six months saying i was wrong. he acknowledged that with george stephanopoulos. i trusted him in this interview, but we have to wait and see if they do complete denuclearization as they promised and we'll continue to follow it as a team. we have been on the air since world news tonight last night for much of these many hours as this unfolded, history in the
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making in singapore. george stephanopoulos and that interview coming up on good morning america. for many of you in the east, local news comes up next. i am david muir. thanks for spending much of the evening and overnight hours as history is made in singapore. >> this has been a special a s report from abc news. david, thank you. we have been following the president's historical summit with kim jong-un there in singapore. and this signing of a deal that everybody is now quickly
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dissecting and trying to get answers from the president just then about what exactly some of the terms mean. >> it is only a couple of pages long but has a number of key points that they have worked out together. what a day it has been, historical day, decades in the making. all within the last couple of weeks that this has actually been manufactured. the president and kim jong-un, the leader of north korea coming face to face, shaking hands, coming away with an agreement. >> after many thought this summit wouldn't happen. after a few hours, some key highlights of this deal are a promise to denuclearize, work to denuclearizing the korean peninsula. in exchange, the u.s. offers protection to north korea and kim jong-un. lots of questions surrounding what those terms mean. martha rad its is there in singapore. walk us through some of the language being used.
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the president was peppered, people wanted to know is peace and human rights discussed, what does this agreement for nuclear disarmament mean. >> reporter: if you heard the press conference and obviously you did, the president says it is denuclearization, complete denuclearization of north korea's nuclear program. he said again and again as has secretary of state mike pompeo, it must be verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. there's a process you follow to do that. he made clear sanctions won't be lifted until nuclear weapons were no longer necessary or working there. the president clearly had a command of these issues, and one of the things that struck me is how much preparation had already gone into this. we all talked about the summit when it was first planned, that normally in diplomatic, you
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don't start at the top and start with two leaders. what happened is they planned that summit from the very moment they began working on it. you had a lot of diplomacy behind the scenes, a lot of work going on behind the scenes. look, they have that document five hours after they started meeting, they had that comprehensive document they both signed. they had that video prepared that they showed kim jong-un in the meetings on an ipad, showing him what kind of country he could have if he went along with this agreement, but i think very much the president knew what would happen in this meeting, kim jong-un knew what would happen in this meeting. you heard the president say that he would know whether kim jong-un was sincere within a minute. that minute passed quickly and it was obvious they would come to some sort of conclusion. >> quite a conclusion indeed. martha standing by in singapore. we're going t check back after this
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headquarters in singapore. right now on "america this morning" breaking news. >> anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. >> president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un signing a historic agreement promising the world will see major change. the u.s. offering protection for north korea, kim jong-un committing to denuclearization. >> we both want to do something. we both are going to do something. and we have developed a very special bond. people are going to be very impressed. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> translator: we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. >> reporter: the result of more than 3 1/2 hours of meetings described by the president as fantastic. the president even showing the dictator the inside of his presidential limo saying he'll invite kim to the white house.
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earlier kim jong-un referencing a science fiction movie in describing the summit. >> this morning, what's next for the two nations. plus the worldwide reaction coming in at this hour. trump and kim face-to-face, the historic summit, continuing coverage right now on "america this morning." this afternoon it's so long. >> good tuesday morning to everyone. it has been a busy one and we are going to start things off with this incredible scene that unfolded this singapore. president trump and kim jong-un exchanging warm greetings and kind words in the quest for a nuclear free north korea. >> immediately after the summit the two leaders signed a letter that concluded a -- included a commitment with what is being called unique security assurances and kim declaring the world will see a significant change from his regime. now, the president saidhe
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starting the process of denuclearization. >> moments ago the president said anyone can make war but only the most >> moments ago, he said anyone can make war. he made clear the two leaders will meet again possibly at the white house. here is what he said at the signing ceremony overnight. >> we are signing an important document. pretty comprehensive document. and we've had a really great term together, great relationship. >> we had a historic meeting, 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 my gratitude to president trump to make this meeting happen.
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thank you. >> thank you very much. >> the document says president trump will provide security to north korea, both countries are committed to denuclearization of the peninsula. >> they committed to recover the remains of thousands of soldiers in north korea. we take a closer look at the deal. martha, your thoughts. >> reporter: well, let's start with retreating the remains of those missing soldiers. there are almost 8,000 missing soldiers from the korean war, americans. most of those are in north korea. in the past we have had recovery of those remains that was stopped i think five years ago. and they to find the remains and match
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them to the missing, wanted that ort sny people.ell and but i think it would shock most people to know how many of those soldiers from the korean war still remain in north korea. you heard president trump say that he brought that up at the very end of the meeting. he obviously knew that was something on the minds of many americans to try to start that retrieval program once again. you also heard president trump talk about ceasing military exercises. they have big military exercises. i have been on them before myself from the ground, from a fighter jet, watching the military exercises with south korea. he said those will stop. that is something that toheidta president trump stood firm keeping those military exercises. he said they're expensive.
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talked about bombe guam, six hours. expensive. i would say the military has to exercise and fly those to stay current in those aircraft, but that will be a change as well. the rest we will have to wait for details. you heard president trump saying they will not reduce sanctions, take away sanctions until the nuclear weapons question is over. >> martha, he also announced at the press conference that north korea is already destroying what he called a major missile site. what do we know about that? >> reporter: we saw him blow up a nuclear site and that they're working on this missile site. i think most analysts will tell you the nuclear weapons facility he blew up were possibly just tunnels going into it, that it may not have been functional anyway. i can't tell you whether that's true or not. the missile site as well. let's also remember that kim
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jong-un had nearly perfected those missiles anyway. the icbms thought to be able to reach the united states, the nuclear weapons he was close to if not already capable of putting a nuclear war head on that. i know most military officials looked at it as if it was a done deal and that's how they would react. i also think over the past few months that one of the reasons kim jong-un stopped testing is he just didn't have to do it any more, but he didn't push the united states too far. there was great concern about six months ago that he would do an atmospheric test of one of the nuclear weapons. that never happened. that's the kind of thing the u.s. would likely have had to respond to in some way. he always stopped short of those things that he knew that the u.s. would have to do some military response. >> stopped short even last year.
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thank you for your thoughts. before president trump and kim jong-un parted ways, there was this incident with the limo known as the beast. >> trump even opened the door so kim jong-un could look inside the car. you see the cameras surround them as he takes a peek into the beast, so to speak. >> some analysis in the meantime of what we've seen overnight. abc's retired colonel and contributor has more. >> the two that stuck out with me, security guarantees from the u.s. secretary pompeo hinted at this the past couple of days. this is the u.s. saying look, we promise nothing will happen to you. that is a big deal. going from a state of near war to we're going to take care of you. the other part is commitment and denuclearization of the korean peninsula, not of north korea. this is a bit of a concession as well.
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this is what the north korean style of negotiation always held that it needs to be the u.s. needs to get its nukes off south korea as well. those have been gone for quite awhile, but the fact is that south korea and north korea are going to have to agree on no nukes on the peninsula, and that's going to include any u.s. nukes that might be in the vicinity as well. >> there's also some talk about recovering pow remains. how significant is that? >> that's a big deal. i can't remember the exact number, but there are thousands of missing pows and remains that have not been repatriated. we have a long history with vietnam, even when we weren't getting along with the whaar, tm helping usu repatriate remains.
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we lost 36, 37,000 people in that war, the u.s. did alone. many of those never came home, were never found. this is a big step. one thing you'll notice, you remember when prime minister abe met with president trump, and he said please see what you can do about bringing home the abductees. i don't see anything mentioned there. it looks to be pretty much what the u.s. wants and let's deal with the other details other countries want later. >> it is the first day. even the letter itself was a surprise, they were going to be signing any sort of agreement. steve, you know the dynamics of the region. anything that kim jong-un did today, did it have permission and guidance of china? >> yeah. that's a very good point as well. i think as i alluded to, secretary pompeo is having discussions with senior levels of the north korean government, and alluded to that we would say okay, look, you do this, you denuclearize, we guarantee your
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survival. no doubt, the chinese have done something similar. remember, kim made two surreptitious visits to beijing and you can only imagine what the chinese were doing, saying let's get this done and perhaps we'll take care of you as well. lots of reassurances behind the scenes to get to where we were today. this is not just kim diving into the pool, saying let's give it a shot. i think he had a lot of assurances from the u.s., south korea, and china. >> and steve, really quick, i know you said denuclearization doesn't happen without a peace treaty as well with south korea. how much of a game changer is this nor seofor seoul, and what they looking for? >> president moon of south korea has been a driving force. has he his own interests. he has been running on a platform that's conducive to or pushing for reunification. remember that kim jong-un's grandfather when they started the whole ideology of north
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korea, that was based on reunification of the peninsula. both south korea and juju talks about this, south korea and north korea for different reasons want to reunion fie that peninsula. this will allow president moon to work on the peace treaty. it has to be a peace treaty between north and south korea. this was back in 1950, a civil war. that civil war has to be ended by the combatants. up next, our exclusive interview with president trump one on one moments ago. >> and one of his closest advisers suffers a heart attack. the latest on larry kudlow coming up. smooth scarred soaked the sun does not care. but we do. walgreens beauty consultants are specially trained to know what works
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here's another look at some the historic summit timages from wrpeupn singapore with kim jong-un saying they've decided to put the past behind them. president trump is making it clear sanctions will remain in place for now but he announced that they'll stop the joint military drills with south korea and you can see them there signing a declaration. kim jong-un and the president on plans to denuclearize the korean peninsula and it includes u.s. assurances to provide security for north korea. and now to george stephanopoulos who was in singapore where he just sat down with president trump as the summit concluded. >> he just learned that president trump did speak to kim jong-un before today's summit setting up the negotiations and the president said he does trust chairman kim and will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. george spoke to us just moments ago about that interview with the president. >> look right behind me. there's the table. there are are the flags of north korea and the united states and the president came in saying it
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has been a very, very intense 24 hours, said he's gone 24 hours straight no sleep at all and really was charged up. talking about this meeting with kim jong-un, believing it's an historic moment but as you said there are a lot of questions over whether kim jong-un can actually keep this commitment to complete denuclearization. the president has been very critical of the iran nuclear deal. says it's the worst deal ever made so one of the questions is will this north korean deal be tougher than the iran nuclear deal? the president says it can't be any weaker. he says he believes that kim is committed to complete denuclearization. says it may take time, says we'll have to watch the step, says we are going to have to verify it but believes that commitment coming from kim jong-un. he also said that kim jong-un is prepared to take steps towards that goal that go beyond what was in the communique and says those are going to be announced very, very soon. he said, in fact, they could be announced by kim jong-un as he returns to his country and he's
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already on his way right now including the destruction of more nuclear sighs, of courtes. we'll have to see if that happens. the big question i asked the president can you trust kim jong-un? can you trust here's one of the exchanges. >> just a few months ago, you accused him of starving his people. here's rub. kim is a brutal dictator. he runs a police state, forced starvation, labor camps, assassinated members of his own family. how do you trust a killer like that? >> george, i'm given what i'm given. this is what i have, and this is where we are. and i can only tell from you my experience. i've met him and spoken with him. and this was, as you know, started very early and it's been very intense. i think that he really wants to do a great job for north korea. i think he wants to de-nuke. that's very important. without that, there's nothing to discuss. that was on the table at the beginning. and you see a total denuclearization of north korea. so important.
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with all of that being said, i can't talk about -- it doesn't matter. we're starting from scratch. we're starting right now. and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons. >> much more of that interview coming up on gma. conomic adviser larry kudlow is in the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack. the white house says he's expected to make a full and speedy recovery. kudlow is playing a central role in the negotiations with the u.s. trade partners. when the president clashed with the allies at the economic summit in canada over new tariffs, kudlow came to his defense saying the canadian prime minister stabbed the u.s. in the back. coming up we will take you to seoul, south korea for reaction to today's agreement between the u.s. and kim jong-un. >> our cov e continues. kids 'cause dad's gonna make it rain "tre tres". he's saying he's gonna score a bunch of three-pointers on you. yeah, we ball til we fall.
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jong-un there in singapore? for more insight into the summit and the agreement it produced we turn to the president's former homeland security adviser and abc news contributor tom bossert who is in singapore. good morning, tom. you mentioned this is just -- this is kind of lays out peace process right here. >> yeah, good morning, kendis, diane. i really believe this to be a remarkable document. what the president secured here is a signed agreement for multiple things, not only the denuclearization of the peninsula, but the potential for peace on that peninsula ending the war and for an agreement to re-open really relations between the united states and north korea. it's truly remarkable and i believe that as people take it apart and watch what's going to happen they're going to realize that this is something that's not been done before. >> and, tom, obviously the big focus was that nuclear disarmament. verifiable used leading up to
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irreversible. some of that is absent from the agreement. the president seemed to make it sound like notde what say you? >> yeah, i don't believe it's missing. in other words, to say complete -- to obtain two commitments. one in writing they'd like to pursue complete denuclearization of the peninsula is pretty much all you can say. talking about those other conditions of irreversible and so forth those are the arduous process of verifying and see it play out. the president said the sanction also stay in place until irreversible steps are taken. i have no doubt that will happen. the other thing we saw that was outside the document and remarkable was the leader of north korea deciding to, quote, leave the past behind. >> that indeed -- >> that is a lot of history to leave behindsi si >> t bosrt joining us. coming up the role that former u.s. hostage otto warmbier played in today's historic agreement. >> we'll be right back.
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today is the beginning of an orderous process. our eyes are wide peace is effort, especially in this case. this should have been done years ago. this should have been resolved a long time ago. >> the president signing a historic document. president trump's team is contacting many allies about what took place this morning. >> talking with top officials from south korea and japan, passing along details from the summit. bob woodruff is reporting from south korea with reaction from there. >> the south koreans are hopeful. seeing someests i' i downt seoul. i want to show you what's going on now in the capital. people are starting to come out of work, it has been dull most of the day. now they're hitting the street. this back here is the blue
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house, their equivalent of the white house, where all of the politics happen. where all the big meetings are happening. this is downtown. i want to show you a couple of things. we're in front of the u.s. embassy. you can see the american flag there. that's guarded outside by multiple guards. police officers are outside. if you look here, this is for the first time i have seen this, somebody saying against the peace talks without north korean human rights. people want this to be talked about at this summit. a lot of people say listen, kim jong-un is not this peaceful w of crimes, accused of killing his half brother and his uncle, so they want to talk about that topic as well. exactly what the reaction to the summit is unclear, people are starting to talk to me. they said they're happy that something positive could come out of it, but they want to be sure it is done properly. trust
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jong-un at all. part of it is that history. north korea, we don't really know what the people's real thoughts are, inside their soul, hard to know. every time we visit north korea, we're surrounded, journalists can't talk with real freedom, they listen to what the citizens are saying when they're interviewed by us, so we don't know what they're thinking, certainly shocking that they've heard these details of their leader, this trip to singapore to watch him with videos of him, pictures of him in a place like that. never been done before. we're going to wait to see what happens in seoul. it is starting to unfold. >> many are waiting and seeing. we heard from the chinese foreign minister calling this agreement, creating a new history. and secretary of state spoke with japan and south korea overnight as well. >> there are many headlines in the u.s., including the tabloids in new york city calling it historic. summing it up. that's what's making news in america this morning.
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right now on "america this morning" breaking news. >> anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. >> president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un signing a historic agreement promising the world will see major change. the u.s. offering protection for north korea, kim jong-un committing to denuclearization. >> we both want to do something. we both are going to do something. and we have developed a very special bond. people are going to be very impressed. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> translator: we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. >> reporter: the result of more than 3 1/2 hours of meetings described by the president as fantastic. the president even showing the dictator the inside of his presidential limo saying he'll invite kim to the white house.
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earlier kim jong-un referencing a science fiction movie in describing the summit. >> this morni, at next for the two nations. plus the worldwide >> the worldwide reaction coming in at this hour. trump and kim, face to face. the historic summit, continuing coverage now on america this morning. >> good tuesday morning. a busy one. we start things off with this incredible scene in singapore. president trump and kim jong-un exchanging warm greetings, kind words in the quest for nuclear free north korea. >> it included a commitment for unique security assurances. kim declaring the world will see a significant change from his
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regime. and the president said they're starting the process of denuclearization. >> moments ago, the president said anyone can make war, only the most courageous can make peace. he made it clear the two leaders will meet again, possibly at the white house. here's what he said at the signing ceremony overnight. >> so we're signing a very important document. pretty comprehensive document. and we've had a really great term together, a great relationship. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: today we have a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind, and we are about to sign the historic document. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: the world will see a major change. i would like to express my gratitude to president trump to make this meeting happen. thank you.
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>> thank you very much. >> the document says president trump will provide security to north korea, both countries are committed to denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> and they committed to recover the remains of thousands of american soldiers in north korea. abc's martha rad its joins us from singapore. your thoughts? >> reporter: let's start with retrieving the remains of the missing soldiers. there are almost 8,000 missing soldiers from the korean war, americans. most of those are in north korea. in the past we have had recovery of those remains that was stopped i think five years ago. and they do tireless work trying to find the remains and match them to the missing, wanted that
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to start again. that's a big step as well and comfort to so many people. but i think it would shock most people to know how many of those soldiers from the korean war still remain in north korea. you heard president trump say that he brought that up at the very end of the meeting. he obviously knew that was something on the minds of many americans to try to start that retrieval program once again. you also heard president trump talk about ceasing military exercises. they have big military exercises. i have been on them before myself from the ground, from a fighter jet, watching the military exercises with south korea. he said those will stop. that is something that kim jong-un really wanted to stop. he didn't want the last exercises to go on, but president trump stood firm keeping those military exercises. he said they're expensive. talked about bombers flying from
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guam, six hours. expensive. i would say the military has to exercise and fly those to stay current in those aircraft, but that will be a change as well. the rest we will have to wait for details. you heard president trump saying they will not reduce sanctions, take away sanctions until the nuclear weapons question is over. >> martha, he also announced at the press conference that north korea is already destroying what he called a major missile site. what do we know about that? >> reporter: we saw him blow up a nuclear site and that they're working on this missile site. i think most analysts will tell you the nuclear weapons facility he blew up were possibly just tunnels going into it, that it may not have been functional anyway. i can't tell you whether that's true or not. the missile site as well. let's also remember that kim jong-un had nearly perfected those missiles anyway.
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the icbms thought to be able to reach the united states, the nuclear weapons he was close to if not already capable of putting a nuclear war head on that. i know most military officials looked at it as if it was a done deal and that's how they would react. i also think over the past few months that one of the reasons kim jong-un stopped testing is he just didn't have to do it any more, but he didn't push the united states too far. there was great concern about six months ago that he would do an atmospheric test of one of the nuclear weapons. that never happened. that's the kind of thing the u.s. would likely have had to respond to in some way. he always stopped short of those things that he knew that the u.s. would have to do some military response. >> stopped short even last year.
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thank you for your thoughts. before president trump and kim jong-un parted ways, there was this incident with the limo known as the beast. >> trump even opened the door so kim jong-un could look inside the car. you see the cameras surround them as he takes a peek into the beast, so to speak. >> some analysis in the meantime of what we've seen overnight. abc's retired colonel and contributor has more. >> the two that stuck out with me, security guarantees from the u.s. secretary pompeo hinted at this the past couple of days. this is the u.s. saying look, we promise nothing will happen to you. that is a big deal. going from a state of near war to we're going to take care of you. the other part is commitment and denuclearization of the korean peninsula, not of north korea. this is a bit of a concession as well. this is what the north korean
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style of negotiation always held that it needs to be the u.s. needs to get its nukes off south korea as well. those have been gone for quite awhile, but the fact is that south korea and north korea are going to have to agree on no nukes on the peninsula, and that's going to include any u.s. nukes that might be in the vicinity as well. >> there's also some talk about recovering pow remains. how significant is that? >> that's a big deal. i can't remember the exact number, but there are thousands of missing pows and remains that have not been repatriated. we have a long history with vietnam, even when we weren't getting along with the war, them helping us repatriate remains. we lost 36, 37,000 people in that war, the u.s. did alone.
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many of those never came home, were never found. this is a big step. one thing you'll notice, you remember when prime minister abe met with president trump, and he said please see what you can do about bringing home the abductees. japanese abductees. i don't see anything mentioned there. it looks to be pretty much what the u.s. wants and let's deal with the other details other countries want later. >> it is the first day. even the letter itself was a surprise, they were going to be signing any sort of agreement. steve, you know the dynamics of the region. anything that kim jong-un did today, did it have permission and guidance of china? >> yeah. that's a very good point as well. i think as i alluded to, secretary pompeo is having discussions with senior levels of the north korean government, and alluded to that we would say okay, look, you do this, you denuclearize, we guarantee your survival. no doubt, the chinese have done
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something similar. remember, kim made two surreptitious visits to beijing and you can only imagine what the chinese were doing, saying let's get this done and perhaps we'll take care of you as well. lots of reassurances behind the scenes to get to where we were today. this is not just kim diving into the pool, saying let's give it a shot. i think he had a lot of assurances from the u.s., south korea, and china. >> and steve, really quick, i know you said denuclearization doesn't happen without a peace treaty as well with south korea. how much of a game changer is this for seoul, and what are they looking for? >> president moon of south korea has been a driving force. has he his own interests. he has been running on a platform that's conducive to or pushing for reunification. remember that kim jong-un's grandfather when they started the whole ideology of north
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korea, that was based on reunification of the peninsula. both south korea and juju talks about this, south korea and north korea for different reasons want to reunify that peninsula. this will allow president moon to work on the peace treaty. it has to be a peace treaty between north and south korea. this was back in 1950, a civil war. that civil war has to be ended by the combatants. not the u.s., not china, but north korea and south korea. we're taking a quick break. up next, our exclusive interview with president trump one on one moments ago. >> and one of his closest advisers suffers a heart attack. the latest on larry kudlow coming up. coming up. stretched smooth scarred soaked the sun does not care. but we do. walgreens beauty consultants are specially trained to know what works
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here's another look at some of the extraordinary images from the historic summit that just wrapped up in singapore with kim jong-un saying they've decided to put the past behind them. president trump is making it clear sanctions will remain in place for now but he announced that they'll stop the joint military drills with south korea and you can see them there signing a declaration. kim jong-un and the president on plans to denuclearize the korean peninsula and it includes u.s. assurances to provide security for north korea. and now to george stephanopoulos who was in singapore where he just sat down with president trump as the summit concluded. >> he just learned that president trump did speak to kim jong-un before today's summit setting up the negotiations and the president said he does trust chairman kim and will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. george spoke to us just moments ago about that interview with the president. >> look right behind me. there's the table. there are are the flags of north korea and the united states and the president came in saying it
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has been a very, very intense 24 hours, said he's gone 24 hours straight no sleep at all and really was charged up. talking about this meeting with kim jong-un, believing it's an historic moment but as you said there are a lot of questions over whether kim jong-un can actually keep this commitment to complete the president has been very critical of the iran nuclear deal, says it's the worst deal ever made. one of the questions is, will this north korean deal be tougher than the iran nuclear deal. the president says it can't be any weaker. he says he believes that kim has committed to complete denuclearization. says it may take time. we're going to have to watch the steps. we are going to have to verify, but he believes that commitment coming from kim jong un. he also said that kim jong un is prepared to take steps toward that goal that go beyond what was in the communique and says those are going to be announced very, very soon. he said in fact they could be announced by kim jong un as he returns to his country, and he's
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already on his way, right now, including the destruction of more nuclear sites. of course we're going to have to wait and see if that's going to happen. and the big question on the table as you said, did i ask the president, can you trust kim jong un, can you trust a dictator like this? here's one of the exchanges. >> just a few months ago, you accused him of starving his people. here's rub. kim is a brutal dictator. he runs a police state, forced starvation, labor camps, assassinated members of his own family. how do you trust a killer like that? >> george, i'm given what i'm given. this is what i have, and this is where we are. and i can only tell from you my experience. i've met him and spoken with him. and this was, as you know, started very early and it's been very intense. i think that he really wants to do a great job for north korea. i think he wants to de-nuke. that's very important. without that, there's nothing to discuss. that was on the table at the beginning. and you see a total denuclearization of north korea. so important. with all of that being said, i
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can't talk about -- it doesn't matter. we're starting from scratch. we're starting right now. and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons. the administration's top economic adviser larry kudlow is in the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack. the white house says he's expected to make a full and speedy recovery. kudlow is playing a central role in the negotiations with the u.s. trade partners. when the president clashed with the allies at the economic summit in canada over new tariffs, kudlow came to his defense saying the canadian prime minister stabbed the u.s. in the back. coming up we will take you to seoul, south korea for reaction to today's agreement between the u.s. and kim jong-un. >> our coverage continues. kids 'cause dad's gonna make it rain "tre tres". he's saying he's gonna score a bunch of three-pointers on you. yeah, we ball til we fall.
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korea after meeting with kim jong-un there in singapore? for more insight into the summit and the agreement it produced we turn to the president's former homeland security adviser and abc news contributor tom bossert who is in singapore. good morning, tom. you mentioned this is just -- this is kind of lays out peace process right here. >> yeah, good morning, kendis, diane. i really believe this to be a remarkable document. what the president secured here is a signed agreement for multiple things, not only the denuclearization of the peninsula, but the potential for peace on that peninsula ending the war and for an agreement to re-open really relations between the united states and north korea. it's truly remarkable and i believe that as people take it apart and watch what's going to happen they're going to realize that this is something that's not been done before. >> and, tom, obviously the big focus was that nuclear disarmament. the language used leading up to this was complete verifiable
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irreversible. some of that is absent from the agreement. the president seemed to make it sound like not a big deal. what say you? >> yeah, i don't believe it's missing. in other words, to say complete -- to obtain two commitments. one in writing they'd like to pursue complete denuclearization of the peninsula is pretty much all you can say. talking about those other conditions of irreversible and so forth those are the arduous process of verifying and see it play out. the president said the sanction also stay in place until irreversible steps are taken. i have no doubt that will happen. the other thing we saw that was outside the document and remarkable was the leader of north korea deciding to, quote, leave the past behind. >> that indeed -- >> that is a lot of history to leave behind and a promising sign. >> tom bossert joining us. coming up the role that former u.s. hostage otto warmbier played in today's historic agreement. >> we'll be right back.
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today is the beginning of an orderous process. our eyes are wide peace is always worth the effort. this should have been done a long time ago. >> speaking moments ago after signing a historic document along with north korea's leader kim jong-un and president trump's team is actually right now contacting many of our allies about what took place this morning. >> he's been talking with top >> talking with top officials from south korea and japan, passing along details from the summit. bob woodruff is reporting from south korea with reaction from there. >> the south koreans are hopeful. seeing some results. i'm in downtown seoul. i want to show you what's going on now in the capital. people are starting to come out of work, it has been dull most of the day. now they're hitting the street. this back here is the blue house, their equivalent of the white house, where all of the
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politics happen. where all the big meetings are happening. this is downtown. i want to show you a couple of things. we're in front of the u.s. embassy. you can see the american flag there. that's guarded outside by multiple guards. police officers are outside. if you look here, this is for the first time i have seen this, somebody saying against the peace talks without north korean human rights. people want this to be talked about at this summit. a lot of people say listen, kim jong-un is not this peaceful man. this is one who committed a lot of crimes, accused of killing his half brother and his uncle, so they want to talk about that topic as well. exactly what the reaction to the summit is unclear, people are starting to talk to me. they said they're happy that something positive could come out of it, but they want to be sure it is done properly. they trust generally president trump, but don't trust kim jong-un at all.
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part of it is that history. north korea, we don't really know what the people's real thoughts are, inside their soul, hard to know. every time we visit north korea, we're surrounded, journalists can't talk with real freedom, they listen to what the citizens are saying when they're interviewed by us, so we don't know what they're thinking, certainly shocking that they've heard these details of their leader, this trip to singapore to watch him with videos of him, pictures of him in a place like that. never been done before. we're going to wait to see what happens in seoul. it is starting to unfold. >> many are waiting and seeing. we heard from the chinese foreign minister calling this agreement, creating a new history. and secretary of state spoke with japan and south korea overnight as well. >> there are many headlines in the u.s., including the tabloids in new york city calling it historic. summing it up. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for good morning america.
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ha right now on "america this morning" breaking news. >> anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. >> president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un signing a historic agreement promising the world will see major change. the u.s. offering protection for north korea, kim jong-un committing to denuclearization. >> we both want to do something. we both are going to do something. and we have developed a very special bond. people are going to be very impressed. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> translator: we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. >> reporter: the result of more than 3 1/2 hours of meetings described by the president as fantastic. the president even showing the dictator the inside of his presidential limo saying he'll invite kim to the white house.
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earlier kim jong-un referencing a science fiction movie in describing the summit. >> this morning, what's next for the two nations. plus the worldwide reaction coming in at this hour. trump and kim face-to-face, the historic in at this hour. trump and kim, face to face. the historic summit, continuing coverage now on america this morning. >> good tuesday morning. a busy one. we start things off with this incredible scene in singapore. president trump and kim jong-un exchanging warm greetings, kind words in the quest for nuclear free north korea. >> the two leaders signed a commitment with what's called unique security assurances. kim declaring the world will see a significant change from his regime. and the president said they're starting the process of
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denuclearization. >> moments ago, the president said anyone can make war, only the most courageous can make peace. he made it clear the two leaders will meet again, possibly at the white house. here's what he said at the signing ceremony overnight. >> so we're signing a very important document. pretty comprehensive document. and we've had a really great term together, a great relationship. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: today we have a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind, and we are about to sign the historic document. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: the world will see a major change. i would like to express my gratitude to president trump to make this meeting happen. thank you.
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>> thank you very much. >> the document says president trump will provide security to north korea, both countries are committed to denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> and they committed to recover the remains of thousands of american soldiers in north korea. abc's martha radditz joins us from singapore. your thoughts? >> reporter: let's start with retrieving the remains of the missing soldiers. there are almost 8,000 missing soldiers from the korean war, americans. most of those are in north korea. in the past we have had recovery of those remains that was stopped i think five years ago. the families and the labs in hawaii and they do tireless work trying to find the remains and match
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them to the missing, wanted that to start again. that's a big step as well and comfort to so many people. but i think it would shock most people to know how many of those soldiers from the korean war still remain in north korea. you heard president trump say that he brought that up at the very end of the meeting. he obviously knew that was something on the minds of many americans to try to start that retrieval program once again. you also heard president trump talk about ceasing military exercises. they have big military exercises. i have been on them before myself from the ground, from a fighter jet, watching the military exercises with south korea. he said those will stop. that is something that kim jong-un really wanted to stop. he didn't want the last cio onbut pridt trump stood firm keeping those military exercises. he said they're expensive. talked about bombers flying gux.
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expensive. i would say the military has to exercise and fly those to stay current in those aircraft, but that will be a change as well. the rest we will have to wait for details. you heard president trump saying they will not reduce sanctions, take away sanctions until the nuclear weapons question is over. >> martha, he also announced at the press conference that north korea is already destroying what he called a major missile site. what do we know about that? >> reporter: we saw him blow up a nuclear site and that they're working on this missile site. i think most analysts will tell you the nuclear weapons facility he blew up were possibly just tunnels going into it, that it may not have been functional anyway. i can't tell you whether that's true or not. the missile site as well. let's also remember that kim jong-un had nearly perfected those missiles anyway.
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the icbms thought to be able to reach the united states, the nuclear weapons he was close to if not already capable of putting a nuclear war head on that. i know most military officials looked at it as if it was a done deal and that's how they would react. i also think over the past few months that one of the reasons kim jong-un stopped testing is he just didn't have to do it any more, but he didn't push the united states too far. there was great concern about six months ago that he would do an atmospheric test of one of the nuclear weapons. that never happened. that's the kind of thing the u.s. would likely have had to respond to in some way. he always stopped short of those things that he knew that the u.s. would have to do some military response. >> stopped short even last year.
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thank you for your thoughts. before president trump and kim jong-un parted ways, there was this incident with the limo known as the beast. >> trump even opened the door so kim jong-un could look inside the car. you see the cameras surround them as he takes a peek into the beast, so to speak. >> some analysis in the meantime of what we've seen overnight. abc's retired colonel and contributor has more. >> the two that stuck out with me, security guarantees from the u.s. secretary pompeo hinted at this the past couple of days. this is the u.s. saying look, we promise nothing will happen to you. that is a big deal. going from a state of near war to we're going to take care of you. the other part is commitment and denuclearization of the korean peninsula, not of north korea. this is a bit of a concession as
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well. this is what the north korean style of negotiation always held that it needs to be the u.s. needs to get its nukes off south korea as well. those have been gone for quite awhile, but the fact is that south korea and north korea are going to have to agree on no nukes on the peninsula, and that's going to include any u.s. nukes that might be in the vicinity as well. >> there's also some talk about recovering pow remains. how significant is that? >> that's a big deal. i can't remember the exact number, but there are thousands of missing pows and remains that have not been repatriated. we have a long history with vietnam, even when we weren't getting along with the war, them helping us repatriate remains. we lost 36, 37,000 people in that war, the u.s. did alone.
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many of those never came home, were never found. this is a big step. one thing you'll notice, you remember when prime minister abe met with president trump, and he said please see what you can do about bringing home the abductees. japanese abductees. i don't see anything mentioned there. it looks to be pretty much what the u.s. wants and let's deal with the other details other countries want later. >> it is the first day. even the letter itself was a surprise, they were going to be signing any sort of agreement. steve, you know the dynamics of the region. anything that kim jong-un did today, did it have permission and guidance of china? >> yeah. that's a very good point as well. i think as i alluded to, secretary pompeo is having discussions with senior levels of the north korean government, and alluded to that we would say okay, look, you do this, you denuclearize, we guarantee your survival. no doubt, the chinese have done
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something similar. remember, kim made two surreptitious visits to beijing and you can only imagine what the chinese were doing, saying let's get this done and perhaps we'll take care of you as well. lots of reassurances behind the scenes to get to where we were today. this is not just kim diving into the pool, saying let's give it a shot. i think he had a lot of assurances from the u.s., south korea, and china. >> and steve, really quick, i know you said denuclearization doesn't happen without a peace treaty as well with south korea. how much of a game changer is this for seoul, and what are they looking for? >> president moon of south korea has been a driving force. has he his own interests. he has been running on a platform that's conducive to or pushing for reunification. remember that kim jong-un's grandfather when they started
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the whole ideology of north korea, that was based on reunification of the peninsula. both south korea and juju talks about this, south korea and north korea for different reasons want to reunify that peninsula. this will allow president moon to work on the peace treaty. it has to be a peace treaty between north and south korea. this was back in 1950, a civil war. that civil war has to be ended by the combatants. not the u.s., not china, but north korea and south korea. we're taking a quick break. up next, our exclusive interview with president trump one on one moments ago. >> and one of his closest advisers suffers a heart attack. the latest on larry kudlow coming up.
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here's another look at some of the extraordinary images from the historic summit that just wrapped up in singapore with kim jong-un saying they've decided to put the past behind them. president trump is making it clear sanctions will remain in place for now but he announced that they'll stop the joint military drills with south korea and you can see them there signing a declaration. kim jong-un and the president on plans to denuclearize the korean peninsula and it includes u.s. assurances to provide security for north korea. and now to george stephanopoulos who was in singapore where he just sat down with president trump as the summit concluded. >> he just learned that president trump did speak to kim jong-un before today's summit setting up the negotiations and the president said he does trust chairman kim and will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. george spoke to us just moments ago about that interview with the president. >> look there's the table where they signed the joint communique. and the president came in saying it has been a very, very intense
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24 hours. said he's gone 24 hours straight, no sleep at all and really was charged up, talking about this meeting with kim jong un, believing it's a historic moment. but as you said, there are a lot of questions over whether kim jong un can keep this commitment. the president has been very critical of the iran nuclear deal, says it's the worst deal ever made. one of the questions is, will this north korean deal be tougher than the iran nuclear deal. the president says it can't be any weaker. he says he believes that kim has committed to complete denuclearization. says it may take time. we're going to have to watch the steps. we are going to have to verify, but he believes that commitment coming from kim jong un. he also said that kim jong un is prepared to take steps toward that goal that go beyond what was in the communique and says those are going to be announced very, very soon.
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he said in fact they could be announced by kim jong un as he returns to his country, and he's already on his way, right now, including the destruction of more nuclear sites. of course we're going to have to wait and see if that's going to happen. and the big question on the table as you said, did i ask the president, can you trust kim jong un, can you trust a dictator like this? here's one of the exchanges. >> just a few months ago, you accused him of starving his people. here's the rub. kim is a brutal dictator. he runs a police state, forced starvation, labor camps, assassinated members of his own family. how do you trust a killer like that? >> george, i'm given what i'm given. this is what i have, and this is where we are. and i can only tell from you my experience. i've met him and spoken with him. and this was, as you know, started very early and it's been very intense. i think that he really wants to do a great job for north korea. i think he wants to de-nuke. that's very important. without that, there's nothing to discuss. that was on the table at the beginning. and you see a total denuclearization of north korea.
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so important. with all of that being said, i can't talk about -- it doesn't matter. we're starting from scratch. we're starting right now. and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons. >> more of that interview coming up on gma. the top economic adviser larry kudlow in the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack. the white hou ss he is expected to make a full, speedy recovery. he is playing a central role in negotiations trade partners, when the president clashed with the allies at the economic summit in canada over new tariffs, kudlow came to his defense, saying the canadian prime minister stabbed the u.s. in the back. coming up, we take you to seoul, south korea for reaction to today's agreement between the
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president trump insists the talks were every bit as good for the u.s. as they were for north
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korea after meeting with kim jong-un there in singapore? for more insight into the summit and the agreement it produced we turn to the president's former homeland security adviser and abc news contributor tom bossert who is in singapore. good morning, tom. you mentioned this is just -- this is kind of lays out peace process right here. >> yeah, good morning, kendis, diane. i really believe this to be a remarkable document. what the president secured here is a signed agreement for multiple things, not only the denuclearization of the peninsula, but the potential for peace on that peninsula ending the war and for an agreement to re-open really relations between the united states and north korea. it's truly remarkable and i believe that as people take it apart and watch what's going to happen they're going to realize that this is something that's not been done before. >> and, tom, obviously the big focus was that nuclear disarmament.gesedi up to this was complete verifiable
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irreversible. some of that is absent from the agreement. the president seemed to make it sound like not a big deal. what say you? >> yeah, i don't believe it's missing. in other words, to say complete -- to obtain two commitments. one in writing they'd like to pursue complete denuclearization of the peninsula is pretty much all you can say. talking about those other conditions of irreversible and so forth those are the arduous process of verifying and see it play out. the president said the sanction also stay in place until irreversible steps are taken. i have no doubt that will happen. the other thing we saw that was outside the document and remarkable was the leader of north korea e t past behind. >> that indeed -- >> that is a lot of history to leave behind and a promising sign. >> tom bossert joining us. coming up the coming up, the r
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today is the beginning of an orderous process. our eyes are wide effort, especially in this case. this should have been done years ago. this should have been resolved a long time ago. >> the president speaking moments ago after signing a historic document along with north korea's leader, kim jong-un. now, president trump's team is actually right now contacting many of our allies about what took place this morning. >> he has been talking with top officials from south korea and japan, passing along details of the summit. bob woodruff has reaction from there. >> the south koreans are hopeful. seeing some results. i'm in downtown seoul. i want to show you what's going on now in the capital. people are starting to come out of work, it has been dull most of the day. now they're hitting the street. this back here is the blue house, their equivalent of the white house, where all of the politics happen.
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where all the big meetings are happening. this is downtown. i want to show you a couple of things. we're in front of the u.s. embassy. you can see the american flag there. that's guarded outside by multiple guards. police officers are outside. if you look here, this is for the first time i have seen this, somebody saying against the peace talks without north korean human rights. people want this to be talked about at this summit. a lot of people say listen, kim jong-un is not this peaceful man. this is one who committed a lot of crimes, accused of killing his half brother and his uncle, so they want to talk about that topic as well. exactly what the reaction to the summit is unclear, people are starting to talk to me. they said they're happy that something positive could come out of it, but they want to be sure it is done properly. they trust generally president trump, but don't trust kim jong-un at all.
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part of it is that history. north korea, we don't really know what the people's real thoughts are, inside their soul, hard to know. every time we visit north korea, we're surrounded, journalists can't talk with real freedom, they listen to what the citizens are saying when they're interviewed by us, so we don't know what they're thinking, certainly shocking that they've heard these details of their leader, this trip to singapore to watch him with videos of him, pictures of him in a place like that. never been done before. we're going to wait to see what happens in seoul. it is starting to unfold. >> many are waiting and seeing. we heard from the chinese foreign minister calling this agreement, creating a new history. and secretary of state spoke with japan and south korea overnight as well. >> there are many headlines in the u.s., including the tabloids in new york city calling it historic. summing it up. that's what's making news in america this morning.
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america this morning. >> stay with us for good morning america. have a great day. headquarters and singapore. right now on right now, breaking news from singapore. >> anyone can make war. only the most courageous can make peace. >> president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un signing a historic agreement, promising the world will see major change. the u.s. offering protection for north korea, kim jong-un committing to denuclearization. >> we both want to do something, we both are going to do something. we have developed a very special bond. people are going to be very

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