President Trump said he had some intensive and comprehensive discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and saw that Kim had decided to take a first bold step towards a bright new future.
Saying that enemies of the past can become friends, Trump said Kim Jong-un will be remembered as a leader who brought prosperity to North Korea and that he trusts him.
"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. Right? We never know."
As to why the phrase "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" couldn't be fully stipulated in the agreement, Trump stressed the phrase "complete denuclearization" in and of itself is meaningful and shows the North's firm will to denuclearize.
He cited Pyongyang's dismantlement of Punggye-ri nuclear test site last month and plus:
"Chairman Kim told me that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site. That's not in your signed document. We agreed to that after the agreement was signed. That's a big thing. The missiles they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon."
But according to him, the sanctions will remain in effect until the U.S. confirms North Korean nuclear weapons are no more.
He said he will invite Kim to the White House and visit Pyongyang himself at an appropriate time.
President Trump also said that he hopes the U.S., North Korea, South Korea and China all take part in signing the peace treaty.
(In signing the peace treaty, do you plan to work this out with North Korea's Chairman Kim only or What do you think about the involvement of South Korea and China as signatories?)
"I'd like to have them involved also. There's a question as to whether we're supposed to or not, or whether we legally have to. I don't care. I think it would be great to have China involved and also of course South Korea."
"President Trump stressed that once Kim Jong-un gets back to North Korea, he is going to immediately start work to implement the joint statement. However, the agreement didn't contain specific denuclearization measures, so it remains to be seen how Washingnton and Pyongyang will work things out from here. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News, Singapore."