"Adversaries can indeed become friends."
President Donald Trump had almost nothing but praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit Tuesday in Singapore.
"Adversaries can indeed become friends," Trump said at the press conference. "We signed a very comprehensive document, and I think he's going to live up to that. I think he will start that process right away. I really feel that very strongly."
"He might want to do this as much or more than me," Trump added.
“It's going great. We had a really fantastic meeting. A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good," Trump said the leaders' working lunch.
Posing for photographs afterward, Trump said he had learned that Kim was a “very talented man” who "loves his people" and "loves his country."
Kim offered more restrained expressions of positivity, saying during his bilateral meeting with Trump,
Trump's confidence in Kim extended to the concessions he made to North Korea. Beyond being the first US president to agree to meet with a leader of the repressive North Korean regime, Trump said at the press conference that he was suspending military exercises
"At some point... I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home," Trump said while specifying that is "not part of the equation right now."
In exchange, Kim only vaguely promised in an agreement he and Trump signed to denuclearize his country. There was no definition of what that meant or mention of a timetable or a mechanism for verifying compliance.
During the press conference, reporters asked Trump how he could praise Kim's talent given the brutality of his regime, including in the case
When pressed by reporters on North Korea's abuses of its citizens, Trump said
A 2014 United Nations report that examined North Korea found his crimes included, "extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation."
"You have seen what was perhaps going to happen," he said during the press conference. "
Indeed, just a year ago, Trump and Kim seemed to be moving toward a nuclear crisis. Trump