President Trump held a press conference in Singapore following the conclusion of the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In remarks prior to taking questions from the press, Trump said he's "prepared to start a new history" with Kim Jong Un.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: 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. Weâ€™re prepared to start a new history and weâ€™re ready to write a new chapter between our nations.
Nearly 70 years ago â€” think of that; 70 years ago â€” 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. Yesterdayâ€™s conflict does not have to be tomorrowâ€™s war. And as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends. We can honor the sacrifice of our forefathers by replacing the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. And thatâ€™s what weâ€™re doing and thatâ€™s what we have done.
There is 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 â€” that really wants to engage. Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other: to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people.
Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his â€śunwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.â€ť We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible. And he wants to do that. This isnâ€™t the past. This isnâ€™t another administration that never got it started and therefore never got it done.
Chairman Kim has told me that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site. Thatâ€™s not in your signed document; we agreed to that after the agreement was signed. Thatâ€™s a big thing â€” 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. This should have been done years ago. This should have been resolved a long time ago, but weâ€™re 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 â€” North and South â€” are profoundly talented, industrious, and gifted. These are truly gifted people. They share the same heritage, language, customs, culture, and destiny. But to realize their amazing destiny, to reunite their national family, the menace of nuclear weapons will now be removed.
In the meantime, the sanctions 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 within â€” and this is whatâ€™s happening. It is right there. Itâ€™s within our reach. Itâ€™s going to be there. Itâ€™s going to happen. People thought this could never take place. It is now taking place. Itâ€™s a very great day. Itâ€™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, heâ€™s going to start a process thatâ€™s going to make a lot of people very happy and very safe.
So itâ€™s an honor to be with everybody today. The media â€” this is a big gathering of media, I will say. It 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.