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divide families, brothers and sisters. and in the meantime, one starts a nuclear program. we owe the korean people, we owe ourselves to do time. joining men set tonight. our coverage continues as we await the president of the united states in singapore. >> good morning, everyone, it's tuesday, june 12 and welcome to a special extended edition of "morning joe" first look. i'm joined on set by nbc news international correspondent cal perry. >> it's been an interesting 24 hours to say the least. any moment as you can see president trump set to take questions following his historic face-to-face summit with north korea's kim jong-un. we are monitoring that. we'll bring it to you as soon as it comes up. just a short time ago, though, the two leaders signing a joint declaration but so far we're not seeing much the way of new
progress denuclearization. we've got live reporting from singapore plus a great group of voices joining our conversation. before that, a first look athe signing ceremony from earlier this morning. just hours ago everybody after spending the day together president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un sat down to put pen to paper. take a look. >> we're signing a very important document. pretty comprehensive document and we've had a really great term together, a great relationship and we're both very honored to sign the document. thank you. thank you very much. everybody. thank you. >> reporter: will you invite chairman kim to the white house. >> absolutely i l. >> reporter: mr. kim, would you like to come to washington? >> thank you, thank you, everybody. >> reporter: mr. president, what surprised you the most about chairman kim? >> great personality and very
smart. good combination. >> reporter: a worthy negotiator? >> a worthy negotiator. he's negotiating on behalf of his people, a very worthy, very smart negotiator and we had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and about our countries. >> reporter: what did you learn about him, sir? >> i learned he's a very talented man. i've also learned he loves his country very much. >> reporter: will you be meeting again, sir? >> we'll meet many times. thank you very much, everybody. >> so the world learned of details of the agreement signed by president trump and kim jong-un after trump held the document up for the cameras. >> there you can go. >> as you can imagine, all the reporters, a lot of zoomed-in lenses took a picture of it. the four points are first the united states and the dprk commit to establish new u.s.-dprk relations in accordance with the desires of the two peoples of the countries
for peace and prosperity. second, the united states and the dprk will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the korean peninsula. third, reaffirming the april 27, 2018 panmunjom declaration, the dprk commits to work towards the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. and finally, the united states and the dprk commit to recovering prisoners of war, missing in action remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. but on the third point, north korea's commitment to work towards complete denuclearization, the language appears to be weaker than the framework agreed to in the six-party talks back in 2005. in that joint statement, the dprk committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning at an early date to the treat owe of nonproliferation. >> it looks as if we're about 60
seconds await a minute from the pr reachin podium. we'll bring that to you immediately when the president does come up there. you and i have talked a lot about the jcpoa. i believe that agreement took seven years to come into place if i am correct and it's very detail detailed. >> almost 17 pages at some point, the jcpoa. >> and very convoluted, something you can't read. and this is the exact opposite. >> it doesn't seem like a comprehensive agreement. i think this is the beginning of the process. this is a declaration of intention to work towards these goals. so for people who have followed this for many years, they will say we are well beyond this point, we have talked about this
first with the six-party talks that we've been trying to do this, the north koreans have agreed to previous similar agreements and they have failed. so what is different about this. >> it feels like a weak memorandum of understanding and it reflects a state departments that that has been largely gutted. when you have these summits, what normally happens is you have working groups from the state department and on both sides hashing out the details and the leaders come for the photo-ops and to sign it. this agreement looks reflective of a summit that was put together and run by two world leaders. >> you can see secretary of state mike pompeo. >> i believe that's john kelly, chief of staff john kelly? >> i don't see john bolton but he was at the bilateral point over the night. i was thinking about how often times the leaders of these countries the closers, not the people that come to know each other. >> not the drivers. >> not the drivers of the policy. >> and maybe there's a reason for that considering the
document we're now looking at. >> you can make the argument both these men were the leaders of getting to this point but they were not involved in the details of the fine print. >> this is not the end of negotiations. >> that's the point i was trying to make. i don't think one person will say we are walking out of this the way they did with the iran nuclear deal. by the time we got to the signing of the jcpoa wead -- whether good or bad -- the technical infrastructure of how that deal was going to play out. this is the complete opposite. what you're having is no specifics, no details on the verification mechanism, no details on the specifics of north korea's nuclear program or nuclear weapons program, what you have now is a commitment to deal with these vague concepts of denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> and what happens when you have agencies like the department or the department not
being able to weigh in on these things is you have other things missing like any mention of missiles or south korea or japan. none of those things in this cument. >> i want to bring by ambassador chris hill who has been doing fantastic coverage of the signing of this document and the meeting inpore ght. sticking around for us and for talk about what you want to hear from the press conference? i want to give you a warning that we're awaiting his arrival. >> i think when experts have a look at this document, the president has the possibility of being embarrassed and an embarrassed donald trump is never a good thing so if i were mike pompeo i'd be springing into action and i would be saying to the president, look, this is great, this is terrific, good start and i'm putting together an action plan so we can get going immediately to implement these elements.
we'll go to the north koreans on this, go to the chinese on that, etc. i would try to make up for what is -- it almost looks like a dictated document. it's nothing that would be -- it should not have been announced like this. i would try to get moving on it are they going to include china or not include china. i feel sorry for people who work so hard because i think it's going to get worse and busier for them in the coming couple days to cover over this stuff. >> ambassador hill, let me ask if i may -- all the hype surrounding this summit versus the outcome. are you surprised so much attention, so much buildup was put into it to see this vague
document that by some accounts is not nearly strong the six-party talks were? >> i'm not surprised. certainly we've worried weeks wheth preparations have been done. it was unclear whether secretary pompeo or then cia director pompeo went to north korea whether there was any real commitment with th north koreans. he certainly came back with those three american prisoners and that was very good but it spoke to the fact that he's not had a chance to work on a joint communique. so this thing reflects something that was done in haste in recent days and, frankly, i don't think the north koreans are there yet. i don't think they're there in terms of moving beyond what they've agreed to in the past. so that really for an administration that prides itself on saying it's different from every other administration, frankly i think needlessly critical of his predecessors, whether it's president obama or president bush or president
clinton and i think people in those administrations will be able to look at their work and compare it to this and i don't think it will look very good.it going to have to get at it because this is not going to be good for the president. >> i want t bng bill neely into the conversation who is standing by for us in sentosa, singapore. bill, you've had a front-row seat to all of this over the last 24 hours. take us through what you've seen so far. >> well, what i've seen is the document we've all seen now, two ct, really only one page. comprehensive document but it ry does look thin. it's more noteworthy for the words it leaves out, like irreversible, than the words that are in there and some of the words, as chris hill was saying, almost sound like they were dictated or have come straight from pyongyang. for example, it talks about the
summit become a an epochal event of easing great tensions. that doesn't sound like it came from the state department but pyongyang. i think skeptics will be disappointed. i was going back over old agreements. there was one in 1992 between north korea and south korea in which north korea agreed not to test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deploy or use nuclear weapons. dollar lot of specifics there. they also agreed to mutual inspections. there is nothing like that in this agreement so really we wait for president trump too flesh out why he thinks this is comprehensive but look undoubtedly it's a historic summit. it's the beginning of a process. we shouldn't be too skeptical because for north korea is a win, they've been treated as equals, same number of flags, same number of officials. this will go down very, very well in pyongyang.
>> i think it's hard not to be too skeptical when you're dealing with a country like north korea and the history we have with them. >> absolutely. not just the u.s. but others. >> bill, we'll ask you to stick around. o bring in ambassador david adelman. let me get your perspective if i may. this is an agreement that is playing out for the domestic au audiences of both sides. we expect the president to come back. he's talked to rallies of his supporters where they've chanted "nobel, nobel" wanting him to winheel peace prize. kim jong-un, they have a historic image of him being recognized by the united states. how does this play back to the representative domestic audiences of these two world leaders. >> you've made exactly the right point. all world leaders whenever engaging in international relations speak often times to their domestic political
audience. for kim jong-un, the legitimacy that's been conferred upon him today and really over the past few months this year is unprecedented. his grandfather, his father before him sought this type of recognition so as to not just win but maintain the support and love of the people of north korea. for kim jong-un, this is a home run. for donald trump it will be interesting how the conversation unfolds as opposed it will be like most issues in america today. those who support president trump will see only the risk taker and kranls you negotiator that went to singapore to enge in an unprecedented way, those who are more skeptical including i heard ambassador chris hill on the program will suggest this is a very thin document. it seems to have the type of language north korea has traditionally sought from the
west. it seems to serve some of the typical chinese interest with at least inferences to the american military posture in south korea. so the american domestic diences likely to be divided and i look forward to a week full of tweets from the white house about this. >> i want to bring up this third point which is probably the most important point in this joint declaration that we have. that means reaffirming the april 27, 2018 until panmunjom declaration, the dprk commits to working towards complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. the process of the complete denuclearization of north korea is a very difficult one and is much different what we saw. they have nuclear weapons and they have a large arsenal to say
the least of nuclear weapons. some of the reports that i've read indicate that this could p to ten years to even get done. can y weigh in on that, ambassador? >> there's some people who say it could take 15 years but believe me if the north korea n -- >> ambassador hill, we'll have to take a listen now. president trump is walking to the podium. let's listen in. >> well, thank you very much, everybody. we appreciate it. we're getting ready to go back. had a tremendous 24 hours, we've had a tremendous three months because this has been going on for white a while. that was a tape we gave to chairman kim and his people, his representatives and it captures a lot, captured what could be den and that's a great place, has the potential to be an incredible place between south korea if you think about it and china. it's got tremendous potential and i think he understands that
and he wants to do what's right. it's my honor today to address the people of the world following this historic summit with chairman kim jong-un of h intensive hours together and i think most of you have gotten the signed document or you will very shortly. it's very comprehensive. 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 thanking our incredible hosts in singapore, especially prime minister lee, friend of mine. this is a country of profound grace and beauty and we send our warmest wishes to every citizen of singapore who really made this visit so important and so
pleasa pleasant. i want to thank president moon of south korea. he's working hard, in fact, i'll speak to him after we're finished. prime minister abe of japan, friend of mine, just left our country and he wants what's right for japan and the world. and a very special president, president xi of china who has really closed up that border. maybe a little less so after the last couple months but that eke okay. but he really has but he's a terrific person and a friend of mine and a great leader of his people. i want to thank them for their efforts to help us get to this very historic day, most importantly, i want to thank chairman kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people, our
unprecedented meeting, the first between a american president and a leader of north korea proves that real change is indeed possible. my meeting with chairman kim was honest, direct, and productive. we got to know each other well in a very confined period of time under very strong, strong circumstance. we're prepared to start new history and we're ready to write a new chapter between our nations. nearly 70 years ago -- think of that -- 70 years ago an extremely bloody conflict ravaged the korean peninsula. countless people died in the conflict, including tens of thousands of brave americans yet while the armistice was agreed to, the war never ended. to this day never ended but now we can all have hope that it will soon end.
and it will, it will soon end. the past does not have to define the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's warm. and as history as proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends. we can honor the sacrifice of our fore fathers by replacing the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. and that's what we're doing and that's what we have done. there's no limit to what north korea can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce and engagement with the rest of the world that wants to engage. chairman kim has before him an opportunity like no other. to be remembered as the leader who has ushered in a glorious security and prosperity for his
people. chairman kim and i just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsu peninsula. we also agreed to vigorous negotiations tomple the agreement as soon as possible and he wanteds to do th s he wa. this isn't the past, this isn't another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done. chairman kim has told me that north korea's already destroying major missile engine testing sight. not in your sign document, we agreed toe that after the agreement was signed, that's a big thing, for the missiles that they were testing the site is going to be destroyed very soon. today is the beginning of an arduous process, our eyes are wide open but peace is always worth the effort, especially in
this case. they should have been done years ago, they should have been resolved a long time ago. resolving it now. chairman kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people. anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace. the current state of affairs cannot endure forever. the people of korea, north and south, are profoundly talented, industrious and gifted. these are truly gifted people. they share the same heritage, language, custom, culture and destiny, but to realize their amazing destiny, to reunite their national family, the menace of nuclear weapons will now be removed. the in t meantime, the sanctions will remain in 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 it and this is what's happening. it rightthere, it's within our reach, it's going to be there, it's going to happen. people thought this could never take place. it's a ver great day.e. it's a very great moment in the history of the world and chairman kim is on his way back to north korea and i know for a fact as soon as he arrives he's going to start a process that will make a lot of people very happy and very safe. so it's an honor to be with everybody today, the media. this is a big gathering of media i will say. makes me feel very uncomfortable. [ laughter ] but it is what it is. people understand that this is something very important to all
of us, including yourselves and your families so thank you very much for being here and we'll take some questions. wow. that's a lot of questions. go ahead. sure, go ahead. nbc. >> reporter: thanks, mr. president. two questions. first, the man you met today, kim jong-un, as you know has killed family members, has stashed hstas starved his own people, is responsible for the death of otto warmbier, while are you comfortable calling him very talented? >> he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it, and run it tough, i don't say he was nice or i don't say anything about it, he r it.veryu can take one out of 10,000 probably couldn't do it. otto warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life. his parents are good friends of mine. i think without otto this would
not have happened. something happened from that day. it was a terrible thing, it was brutal but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including north korea. i really think that otto is someone who did not die in vain. i hold to his parents. special young man and i have to say, special parents, special people. otto did not die in vain. he had a lot to do with us being here today. >> reporter: that second question for you, sir, was on the security assurances you talked about in your statement. can you be specific about what assurances you are willing to give the kim jong-un? does that include reducing military capabilities? >> no, we're not reducing anything. at some point i have to be honest and i used to say this during my chasm pain as you know probably better than most. i want to get our soldiers out. i want to bring our soldiers back home.
we have right now 32,000 soldiers in south korea and i'd like to be able to bring them back home but that's not part of the equation right now. at some point i hope it will be. we will be stopping war games which will save us tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should but we'll save a tremendous amount of money. plus i think it's very provocative. yes, john? go ahead. i thought you were john roberts. i looked at you -- much better, right? >> reporter: we're frequently confused, mr. president. mr. president, this joint statement does not talk about verifiable or irreversible denuclearization. is that a concession on the part of the united states? >> not at all because if you look at it, it said we are going
to -- let's see here. it will be gone. i don't think you can be any more plain than what we're asking, issues related to the new dprk/u.s. relations. we talk about unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. this is the docunt we just signed. >> reporter: did you discuss with chairman kim methods to verify either with the united states or international organizations that very process? >> yes, we did. >> reporter: do you have a timetable in mind? >> we have a timetable in mind. it will be verified. >> reporter: how will it be achieved? >> we're going to have a lot of people there. secretary pompeo has been doing a fantastic job, his staff, everybody. as we do that we'll have a lot of people there and be working with them on a lot of other things but this is complete
denuclearization of north korea and it will be verified. >> reporter: will those people be americans or -- >> combinations of both. >> we have talked about this. yes, go ahead. be nice. be respectful. >> reporter: i'll be very what did kim jong-un say to you to give you the confidence that for once in the history of north korea they are not cheating the system and gaming the world and gaming the people will have to go in and make sure that they're actually giving up their nuclear arsenal. >> very fair question. he actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately as you know nothing got done. in one case they took billions of dollars during the clinton regime. took billions of dollars and nothing happened, that was a terrible thing and he brought it up to me and he said we have never gone this far, i don't
think they've ever had the confidence, frankly, in a president they have right now for getting things done and have the ability to get things done and he was very firm i the fact that he wants to do this. i think he might want to do this as much or even more than me because they see a very bright future for north korea. so you never know. we never know. but we signed a very comprehensive document today and most of you have been given that document but we signed a very, very comprehensive document and i believe he's going to live up to that document. when he lands, which will be shortly, i think he will start that process right away. >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> i can only say i knnoknow hir really well. it's been very rhetorical. i think without the rhetoric it wouldn't have happened. i think without other things going along. i think the establishment of a
new team was very important. we have a great team. but i think he wants to get it done. i feel that very strongly. there's john. you two guys look alike when the light is right. the hair is very similar. who has better hair? he's got pretty good hair, john. >> reporter: it's the angelic glow of the back lighting mr. president that makes us look so similar. of course the denuclearization, nuclear weapons and biological weapons and what not is one problem in north korea. another huge problem is the horrible record that they have on human rights. was that discussed at small. >> yes, it was discussed, it will be discussed more in the future, human rights, what was also discussed in great detail, john, was the fact with that we have -- and i must have had just countless calls and letters and tweets, anything you can do, they want the remains of their
sons back, they want the remains of their fathers and mothers and all of the people that got caught into that really brutal war which took place to a large extent in north korea and i asked for it today and it. that was the last minute. the remains will be coming back. they're going to start that process immediately but so many people even during the campaign they'd say is there any way you can work with north korea to get the remains of my son back or my father back? so many people asked me this question and i said look, we don't get along too well with that particular group of people but now we do and he agreed to that so quickly. it was really a very nice thing and he understands that. he understands it. so for the thousands and thousands, i guess way over 6,000 that we know of in terms brought back.s they will be
>> reporter: the p.o.w./m.i.a. issue is very important for thousands of americans. >> especially to a lot of people. >> reporter: what do you, president trump, expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? >> it was discussed. it was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization. obviously that's where we started and where we ended. but they will be doing things and i think he wants to do things. i think he wants to -- you'd be very surprised, very smart, very good negotiator. wants to do the right thing. he brought up the fact that in the past they took dialogue -- any never were like we are. there's never been anything like what's taken place now. but they went down the line. billions of dollars were given and the following day the nuclear program continued but this is a much different time and this is a much different president in all fairness.
this is very important to me. this is one of the -- perhaps one of the reasons when i campaigned in this issue, as you know very well, john. okay, whoever those people are, i cannot see you with all the lights but you don't look like either of the two -- yeah go ahead. sure. >> reporter: thank you, mr. president. first of all, congratulations. >> thank you very much, appreciate it. >> reporter: did you touch on the issue of peace treaty and also will you travel to pyongyang any tim soon? >> well, at a certain time i will. i said that will be a day that i look very much forward to. at the appropriate time and i also will be invited chairman kim at the appropriate time to the white house. i think it's going to be something that will be very important. and he has accepted. 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 weren't included that we got after the deal was signed. i've done that before in my life. we didn't put in the the agreement because we didn't have time and i think most of you have been handed out the agreement or soon will but i -- oh, you have not? okay, well if you could have those agreements passed, we just finished them a little while ago but if you could have the agreements passed out you'll see what we're talking about. >> reporter: i will second the congratulations, president. >> thank you. >> reporter: what part did japan play? will the abduction come up? and the follow-up interview is when will you be doing an interview with japan tv? 50,000 troops are in japan. >> that's true. 50,000 troops. abduction, that was prime minister abe's one of his certainly -- other than the who denuking subject certainly his -- i would say his main
point and i brought it up absolutely and they're going to be working on that. we didn't put it down in the document but it will be worked on. christians, yes. we brought it up very strongly. in graham spent and spends a tremendous amount of time in north korea, he has it very close to his heart. it did come up and things will be happening. thank you, great question. yes, john, go ahead. >> reporter: thank you, mr. president, returning to the question of human rights, you spoke very powerfully on the issue during your state of the union address. you showed you had the defector in the first lady's box with the crutches who escaped and you said north korea has more brutally oppressed its people than any other regime on earth. do you still believe that is the
case having sat down with kim jong-un and does he need to change that? >> john, i believe it's a rough situation over there, there's no question about it. we did discuss it today pretty strongly knowing the main purpose of what we were doing is denuking but discussed it at pretty good length. we'll be doing something on it. it's rough. it's rough in a lot of places, by the way, not just there. but it's rough and we will continue that and ultimately we'll agree to something but it was discussed at length outside of the nuclear situation, one of the primary topics. >> reporter: do you think that needs to change to bring on this glorious n era you've talked about? >> i think it will change. i think it probably has to but i think it will. steve? >> reporter: yes, sir, that you can. what timetable do you invasion for their deportation and in the meantime are you thinking about easing any sanctions? >> well, you know,
scientifically, i've been watching and reading a lot about this and it does take a long time to pull off complete denuclearization. it takes a long time scientifically, you have to wait certain periods of time and a lot of things happen, despite that, once you start the process it means it's pretty much over. can't use them, that's thed news and this will start very soon. i believe that will start very soon. we will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done, steve. >> reporter: and the sanctions? >> the sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor. sanctions played a big role but they'll come off at that point. as you know and as i've said, the sanctions right now remain but at a certain point i actually look forward to taking them off and they'll come off when we know we're down the road, we're -- it's not going to happen, nothing is going to
happen. >> reporter: thank you mr. president. >> thank you. >> reporter: congratulations on this historic summit. >> congratulations to everybody by the way. >> reporter: you signed a document with kim jong-un, it's essentially a piece of paper. yesterday we had a briefing from the secretary of state mike pompeo and he said the following "many presidents previously have signed off on pieces of paper only to find that the north koreans either didn't promise what thought they had or reneged on those promises." what makes this time different, mr. president? >> well you have a different administration. you have a different president, you have a different secretary of state. you have people that are -- it's very important to them and we get it done. the other groups maybe it wasn't a priority? i don't think they could have done it if it was a priority frankly. i don't think they could have done it if it wasn't a priority.
and for me it would have been much easier iffed this were ten years ago or five years ago and i'm not just blaming president obama. this goes back for 25 years this should have happened. i was given a very tough hand.i the iran deal and plenty of other problems but we are doing really well and the iran deal i have to be honest we -- i did it because nuclear is always number one to me, nuclear is number one but on the iran deal i think iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago. i don't think they're looking so much to the mediterranean. i don't think they're looking so much at syria like they were with total confidence. i don't think they're so confident right no but i hope with that being said i hope at the appropriate time after the sanctions kick in -- and they are brutal, what we've put on iran -- i hope they'll come back and negotiate a rail deal because i'd love to do that.
right now it's too soon for that. >> reporter: mr. president, you talk about establishing diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors. how long before that happens? >> good question. hopefully soon but we'll have to get things moving first. a little bit early for that. we have to get things moving. yes, go ahead. hi. v. >> reporter: can you clarify. when you said you're stopping war games. so you are stopping the military exercises with south korea? >> we've done exercises for a long period of time working with south korea and we call them war games, i call them war games and they're tremendously expensive. the amount of money we spend on that is incredible and south korea contributes but not 100% which is certainly a subject we have to talk to them about also and that has to do with the military expense and also the trade so we're doing that.
we have a new deal with south korea in terms of the trade deal but we have to talk to many countries about treating us fairly. but the war games are expensive. we fly in bombers from guam. when i first started i saiwhere. guam, nearby. i said oh, great, nearby. where's nearby? six and a half hours. six and a half hours, that's 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's very expensive and i didn't like it and what i did say i -- and i think it's very provocati provocative, i have to tell you, it's a very provocative situation. when i see that and you have a country right next door, so under circumstances that we're negotiating, a very
comprehensive complete deal, i think it's inappropriate to be having war games so we save money -- a lot -- and number two it really is something that i think they very much appreciated. >> reporter: does north korea give you something in return? >> well i've heard that, some of the people that i don'tknow, maybe they mean it, i don't always want to go against the press because i just don't, especially not today, this is too important but i notice some of the people were saying that the president has agreement to meet, he has given up so much. i gave up nothing, i'm here. i haven't slept in 25 hours but i thought it was appropriate because we have been negotiating for literally around the clock with them and with us and with john and with mike and a whole team of very talented people. but we haven't given up anything other than you're right, i agreed to meet and i think the meeting was everybody bit as
good for the united states as it was for north korea but i just wrote down some of the things we got and sure they got meeting but only a person that dislikes donald trump would say that i've agreed to make big commitment. sure, i've agreed to take a period of time and come here and meet and that's good but i think it's great for us as a country and good for them but what did they do to justify this meeting? secured commitment for complete denuclearization. that's the big thing. they secured the release of three american hostages. they already gave them to us two months ago. these people are now living happily back in their homes with their families and it was pretty rough for them. to put it mildly. secure the commitment to recover the remains including -- these
are of fallen heroes and they're giving a commitment. they're starting it immediately to recover the remains and i went through about how many people asked me about it. so many people would ask me is it possible, is it possible? at that time we had no relationship to chairman kim or anybody else in north korea. it was a very closed society. so we're getting the remains back. secured the halt of all missile and nuclear tests for how long has it been, seven months you haven't had a missile go up. for seven months you haven't had a nuclear test. you haven't had a nuclear explosion. i remember a nuclear event took place, 8.8 on the richter scale and they announced -- i heard it on the radio -- they announced that a massive earthquake took place somewhere in asia and then they said it was in north korea
and they found out it was a i never hst. richter scale in the high eights and if you look there's been no missile launches. they've blown up thele arhat's going to take place. that hasn't been written into the contract. we'll give you the exact details on that but they secured a halt of all missiles and all nuclear tests, they secured the closure of their single primary nuclear test sight, all three of them, 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've got this missile engine testing site, we know where it is because of the heat, it's incredible the equipment we have to be honest with you. i said can you close it up?
he's going to close it up. we maintained the ability to continue to apply sctions so we are applying sanctions. now i had 300 sanctions that i was getting ready to put on last week and i said i can't put on sanctions when i'mting with -- i thought it was disrespectful, 300 very big ones, powerful ones and i said it would be disrespectful. so jennifer when you look at those things that we got and when we got our hostages back, i didn't pay $1.8 billion in cash like the hostages that came back from iran which was a disgraceful situation what took place so we've gotten a lot so when i hear somebody in the media say that president trump has agreed to meet, it's not a big deal to meet. i think we should meet on a lot of different topics, not just this one and i believe a lot of great things the happen. go ahead, please.
>> reporter: sir, you just listed off a lot of things you say you got in this meeting. it wasn't too long ago that you defined success of this meeting by north korea giving up its nuclear weapons. >> that's what they're doing. >> reporter: can you talk about how you pressed the -- kim jong-un to -- for a complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization and can you say why you didn't secure those details in this agreement? >> because there's no time. i'm here one day. we're together for m hours intensively. but the process is not going to take place and i would be surprised, mike, if they haven't even started already. they have started. they blew up their sites. they blew up their testing site. so -- but i will say he knew prior to coming, this wasn't like a surprise. it wasn't like we've never discussed it. we discussed it, mike discussed it very -- very strongly his counterpart in north korea,
they knew that this was -- let's say they didn't agree to that, i couldn't sign any agreement, there was no agreement that could have been signed so they understood that and it wasn't a en care of more tha any this had other thick because it was all about this so we when brought that up today you see the language is very strong. yes, ma'am? >> reporter: thank you mr. president, could you talk about the military consequences for north korea if they don't follow through on the commitments? >> that's a tough thing to talk about because i don't want tbe threatening. i don't want to be threatening. they understand that and you've seen what was perhaps going to happen and you know seoul has 2 milli -- 28 million people. you look at new york where it has eight million people and we think it's a big city. seoul has 28 million people,
think of that. and it's right next to the border. it's right next to the dmz. it's right there. this if this would have happened -- i've heard a hundred thousand people. i think you could have lost 20 million people, 30 million people. this is an honor for me to be doing this because potentially you could have lost 30, 40, 50 million people. the city of seoul one of the biggest cities in the world is right next to the border. >> reporter: you once spoke about fire and fury. is that no longer the case? >> well, at that time we needed perhaps fire and fury because we could not have allowed that kind of capability from the standpoint of the united states and certainly japan wasn't going to allow it either. japan is right next door. >> reporter: could you tell us about the video you showed before this? when did you show that to kim? what was the goal there? >> i hope you liked it. i thought it was good. i thought it was interesting
enough to show. one in english and one in korean and we had it made up. i showed it to him today during the meeting, toward the end of the meeting and i think he loved it. have the luxury of having, like you didn't need it because we had it on a cassette and an ipad and they played it and about eight of their representatives were watching it and i thought they were fascinated but i thought it was well done. i showed it to you because that's the future. that could very well be the future and the other alternative is not aood alternative. but i showed it because i want him to do something. i don't think i had to show it because i think he wants to get it done. go ahead. how's staten island ferry doing,
okay? >> going well. >> reporter: he wrote the best story with me about the staten island ferry and since then he never wrote a good story. >> reporter: mr. president p it's been a busy week for you on leaving t summit in ge. singapore having determined that kim jong-un is a talented man. you left the g7 summit a few days nag canada having determined that prime minister trudeau is weak and dishonest. what do you say to america's allies bo who worry you might be jeopardizing our long-term alliances and who worry you might be treating our historic friends as enemies and our historic enemies as friends. >> it's a fair question. i had a very good meeting with the g7 and i left the meeting and i'll be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually everyone of those countries. now, the united states, because of bad management at the top, because of presidents that didn't care about trade or understand it or whatever
reason, for many years with china being obviously the most successful at it but the europe is second, 151 bld we lost, they were rechts at the meeting and on re being taken advantage of canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits. we have a big trade deficit with canada. i was reading it's a surplus. it's not. it's either 17 but it could be 100. they put out a document, they didn't want me to see it but we found it, perhaps they were trying to show the power they have, it's close to $100 billion a year loss with canada. they don't take our farm oducts, many of them, they charge what was 270% but somebody told me the other day that a few months ago they raised it to 295% for dairy products. and it's very unfair to our farmers and it's very unfair to the people of our country, the
workers, the farmers, the companies and we are not able to trade. they have tremendous barriers up, tremendous tariffs so when i put in a countervailing tariff to get us up a bit s the balance isn't so much, it's like this they said oh, that's so terrible. i said what's terrible? we have to catch you, we have to have balance even ifit's not complete. i say this with many countries. anyway, we came -- we finished the meeting really everybody was happy and i agreed to sign something, i asked for change, i demanded change. the picture with angela america who will i get along with very well where i'm sitting there like this, that picture was we're waiting for the document because i wanted to see the final document as changed by the changes that i requested.that w know it didn't look friendly that i was angry at her. actually we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very
friendly waiting for the document to come back so i could read it. i left and it was friendly andw justin probably didn't know air force one has about 20 televisions and i see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he wiot be pushed around by the united states and i say push him around? we just shook hands. it was very friendly. countries cannot continue to take advantage of us on trade. the numbers are out. over the last couple of years and over the last many years but over the last couple of years this country has lost $800 billion on trade with other tries, the biggest one being china. $800 billion. $151 billion with the european union, they don't take our agricultural products, barely. they don't take a lot of what we have and yet they send mercedes into us, they send bmws into us by the millions.
very unfair. i will straighten it out and it won't even be tough. thank you. go ahead. >> reporter: [ inaudible question ] >> i would like to involve congress, yes. and i have a good relationship with justin trudeau. i did. other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed i was in an airplane and not watching. he learned. that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of canada. you can't do that, you can't do that. we left, we had a good relationship. i've had a good relationship with justin, i have a good relationship with angela merkel but on nato we're paying 4.2%
she's paying 1% of a much smaller gdp than we have. we're paying 4.2% on a much larger. anyone can say from 60% to 90% of nato and we're protecting countries of europe and on top of it they kill us on trade. so you can't can't have it. it's unfair to our taxpayers and our people. but i have a good relationship with justin and i have a good relationship with chairman kim right now. i hope it's good because if it is we'll solve a big problem. we've gong a long way to solve it today. should we keep going for a little while? your honor. it's up to the legendary sarah huckabee sanders. should we keep going, sarah? okay, we'll go. i don't care. it just mean we get home later in the evening, right? go ahead. su su sure. >> reporter: hi, mr. president. >> how are you?
>> reporter: welcome to the country. i hope you enjoyed our food. >> beautiful country, i did. >> reporter: i wanted to find out, you described this as a process. what is the immediate next step? is there some on doing dialogue? >> we're getting together next week too into the details. next week with john bolton and our entire team to go over the details and get this stuff done. we want to get it done, he wants to get it done. we're also working very much with south korea, we're working with jamaica plain, we're working with china to a lesser extent we're wng with china. >> reporter: and you're coming back to singapore? >> i would back gladly. your prime minister was fantastic. he's done a great job.rday. it was very welcoming. it probably made a difference, actually. great place, thank you very much. yechl? >> reporter: thank you, mr. president. what was it about that first
interaction with chairman kim this morning that made you decide not to auk away after you said you would know within the first minute. >> i've said that about relationships, i've said that about people. in the first second. i was generous, i said five seconds but you know in the first second in some cases. sometimes that doesn't work out but sometimes it does. from the beginning we got along but there's been a lot of ground work. this wasn't like we went and started talking about -- as you know, we didn't just come in and start talking about these complex subjects that have been going on for 70 years. we've been discussing this for months and once the rhetoric stopp stopped, once they did a great thing -- north korea did a great thing by going to the olympics because the olympics -- and president moon will tell you this -- the olympics was not exactly doing great. people didn't feel like being
bombed out of the opening ceremonies. they weren't exactly selling tickets and as soon as the chairman, chairman kim said let's participate in the ol, it sold like wildfire an great success as an olympics. he did a great thing but since that time, pretty much since that time -- because as you know a delegation came from south korea, they came to the white house, they told me lots of things including that they'd be willing to denuke and once that started we have been really talking about that fro the end of the olympics when the whole delegation came to say virs things, including denuking. >> reporter: a second question. in the document you signed earlier today north korea agreed to commit to denuclearization. to borrow a phrase that you have used to criticize your predecessors and political
opponents, how do you ensure that north korea is not all talk no action going forward? >> well, can you ensure anything? can i ensure you'll be able to sit down properly when you sit down? you can't ensuranything. all i can say is they want to make a deal. that's what i do. my whole life has been deals, i've done great at it. and i know when somebody wants to deal and i know when somebody doesn't. a lot of politicians don't. that's not their thing but it is my thing, again this could have been done a long time ago but i know for -- i just feel very strongly, my instincts, my ability or talent, they want to make a deal and making a deal is a great thing for the world for china. i can't imagine china has -- is happy with somebody having nuclear weapons so close. so, you know, that's -- china was very helpful so i think he wants to make a deal. can anybody beern? but we're going to be certain
soon bse the negotiations continue. thank you very much. >> reporter: you mentioned that you have raised extensively the issue of human rights with chairman kim. i wonder what you would say to the group of people who have no ability whatsoever to hear or to see this press conference, the 100,000 north koreans kept in a network of gulags. have you betrayed them by legitimizing the regime in pyongyang? >> i think i've helped them. things will change. there's nothing i can say all i can do is do what i can do. we have to top the denuclearizati nuclearization, and at a certain point maybe you'll be able to ask me a much more positive question but not much i can do right now. at a certain point i believe he's going to do things about it. i think they are one of the great winners today, that large group of people t