North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday (Jun 12) reaffirmed his “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”. This was stated in the joint document signed by Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump at their historic summit in Singapore.
Mr. Trump and Kim participated in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top advisers, and a working lunch.
The meeting between the two men in Singapore was the first of its kind between a sitting American president and a leader of North Korea, and opened the door to ending seven decades of hostility and the threat of a nuclear confrontation.
Trump embellishes the agreement by claiming Kim has given his “unwavering commitment” to denuclearization. He says after the document was signed Kim agreed verbally to destroying North Korea’s “major missile engine testing site”.
“Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people,” Trump says.
“The sanctions will come off when we are sure the nukes are no longer a factor,” he said.
Asked about the lack of a commitment to verifying denuclearisation, Trump says it will be achieved by “having a lot of people there”. He adds “it will be verified” claiming that this will be done be both Koreans and international observers.
Joint Document signed by Trump and Kim
The document Mr. Trump and Kim signed lists four provisions, including reaffirming North Korea’s “commitment to working toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
The White House has yet to officially release the document, but show-up photos of the document reveal some of its contents.
Here are the four components of agreement outlined in the document:
- “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
- “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”
- “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
- “The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
“We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind,” Mr. Kim said as they signed a document, adding “the world will see a major change.”
Important Points to Note
- President Trump said it would be “inappropriate” for the U.S. to perform joint military exercises with South Korea while working out this deal with North Korea, declaring such “war games” to be “provocative.” “I’d like to bring them home, but that’s not part of the equation right now. But we will be stopping the war games.”
- Sanctions will remain in place until the nukes are gone. The sanctions will go away “once we can be sure the nukes are no longer a factor,” he said.
- Trump claims that Kim told him North Korea is already destroying a “major” missile testing site.
- Trump claims Kim has accepted an invitation to White House
- Trump says human rights were “discussed” but only “briefly”
“The past does not have to define the future,” Mr. Trump said, suggesting that the two nations need not be enemies.