President Donald Trump is finally revealing that he spoke directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of their Singapore summit.
Trump said in an interview Tuesday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he'd spoken with Kim and others before the summit.
Trump had dodged the question for weeks, refusing to answer reporters who asked about their contact.
During a visit to Mar-a-Lago in April, Trump told a reporter that he had spoken with Kim personally, but an aide quickly walked back the statement, saying it was other officials who'd spoken with Kim.
It was later revealed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had traveled to Pyongyang to meet with Kim.
Trump is describing his day with Kim as "very intense." He says he believes Kim wants to get denuclearization "done" and says he trusts Kim.
Trump also says he gave North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a video that laid out the opportunities of their historic meeting.
Reporters were shown the video before the start of Trump's news conference Tuesday. The video resembled a preview of a film. It shows images of warplanes and artillery and says there can "only be two results," one of moving back or moving forward.
The video shows the two leaders and raises the questions: "What if history can be changed? Will the world embrace this change?"
The president says he gave the video "to Chairman Kim and his people."
Joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea will be ending, according to the president.
North Korea has long objected to the annual exercises, viewing them as practice for future military action against the North by the United States.
Trump cast his decision as a financial consideration, saying the U.S. will save a lot of money by canceling the drills.
He thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people" after the leaders' historic Singapore summit.
Trump said at a news conference Tuesday after meeting face to face with Kim that "real change is indeed possible."
He also says that he's prepared "to start a new history" and "write a new chapter" between the two nations.
He says, "The past does not have to define the future."
Trump defended his repeated praise of North Korea's Kim Jong Un during their meetings in spite of Kim's distressing record on human rights.
Trump told reporters at a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday that Kim "is very talented." He pointed to Kim's rise to power at a relatively young age.
He has appeared largely unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and killing U.S. college student Otto Warmbier.
But Trump says without Warmbier's death, his meeting with Kim may not have happened. He says, "Otto did not die in vain."
Trump says human rights did come up during the talks, albeit briefly.
Trump says he believes Kim wants to do the right thing.
Furthermore, he says he'll invite North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit the White House at the "appropriate time." And he says Kim has accepted.
Trump also says he is open to visiting Kim some day in Pyongyang.
Trump is speaking at a press conference Tuesday after a day of meetings with Kim in Singapore.