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Donald Trump showed Kim Jong Un a film he had made about a vision for North Korea without nuclear weapons. They walked outside together after the lunch, stopping briefly to look at the US president's special limousine.

Prior to the summit, Kim suspended nuclear and missile testing in April, and he agreed to close a major weapons testing site. "I believed in North Korea".

Responding to another question about human rights abuses, Trump said "it's a rough situation over there".

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

The war games are very expensive, we pay for a big majority of them.

For his own part, Mr. Trump committed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea.

Trump will also speak with reporters in Singapore before departing for home.

Light on specifics, the document signed by the leaders largely amounted to an agreement to continue discussions as it echoed previous public statements and past commitments.

"We're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea", he added.

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Just a year ago Trump and Kim were hurling insults at one another and battling over the size of their respective "red buttons" that had the potential to launch a nuclear war. The broad language could pave the way for the kinds of victories Trump is already claiming, though over a years-long, step-by-step process.

The formal document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting.

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The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea.

"I think he loved it", Trump said during his post-meeting news conference.

The meeting was the first time a sitting USA president has met North Korea's leader.

"Do you now see Kim Jong-un as an equal?" asked a Time magazine correspondent. So we look nice and handsome and thin? The video was produced by the USA government to help persuade Kim to make a deal, a White House official said.

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of crippling trade and economic sanctions for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and vowed to keep them in place until North Korea complies with its promises.

"There can only be two results: one of moving back, or one of moving forward", the narrator says.

Trump's comments Tuesday were a far cry from his speech to the September.

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit-the first in history-was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. That could constrain the U.S.'s ability deploy its nuclear-capable military assets such as bombers in the region.

This language certainly covers the underlying issues encompassed in North Korea's definition of hostile United States policy, but the lack of detail and the mirroring of past commitments is concerning.

With Trump, however, Rodman said, things changed because he understood that people of North Korea have a heart and a soul.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the USA was "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

Perhaps most importantly, Trump did not succeed in getting Kim to clarify his definition of "denuclearization".