Sunday, 26 May 2019

Trump and Kim sign joint agreement on total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula

The agreement signed between Trump and Kim Jong-un opens the door to further discussion and paves the way for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the maintenance of stability and peace.

In a Singapore hotel on Tuesday, 12th June 2018, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded their historic meeting with the signing of a joint agreement.

Although, the agreement doesn’t contain any firm promises from Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapon program, it opens the door for further discussions. This isn´t the first time that North Korea has vaguely promised to denuclearize ― Kim pledged to do so following his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April as part of the so-called Panmunjom Declaration.

The two leaders exchanged views on issues concerning the establishment of new US relations-DPRK and the creation of durable peace in the peninsula of Korea. President Trump promised to give DPRK garanties of security and President Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization. Neither part commited to deadlines.

 

President Donald J. Trump and President Kim Jong-un held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Trump called the document “very important” and “comprehensive,” adding that it would be discussed “at great length.” (Photo: Associated Press).

The document outlined four points:  to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations, to build a stable peace regime, the commitment from North Korea to work towards the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and the repatriation of American POW/MIA remains.

Speaking after Trump, Kim said, “Today we had an historic meeting and decided to leave the past behindThe world will see a major change.”

The United States and DPRK committed to conduct follow-up negotiations, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean official, as soon as possible to implement the outcome of the US-DPRK summit.

 

NATO welcomed “historic summit” between US and North Korea

NATO stressed that it “supports all efforts leading to a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that this achievement will contribute to the security” of the allies and the region.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday considered the US-North Korean summit in Singapore as “historic”, hailing efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

He pointed out that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “supports all efforts leading to a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while achieving this goal will contribute to the security of allies, the region and the global community.”

President Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands following the signing ceremony at the Capella Hotel (Photo: Wall Street Journal).

 

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