Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Summit

A step towards peace. From Townhall:
After a one-on-one meeting and an expanded bilateral working session with senior aides from the United States and North Korea in Singapore Monday, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un officially established a new relationship under a joint agreement of the eventual denuclearization of the regime.

"President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.  President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump and Kim released in  a joint statement at a signing ceremony early Tuesday morning.

"The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit," the statement continues.
Both leaders agreed to the following: 
1. 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. 
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. 
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. 
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. (Read more.)
From The Telegraph:
Never before have a sitting North Korean and American leader met. The summit took place at the luxury Capella resort on Sentosa Island, just off the Singaporean coast. 

Before their talks - which they held alone except for interpreters - both men expressed optimism about the summit.

“I feel really great," said Mr Trump. "We are gonna have a great discussion and I think tremendous success. We will be tremendously successful. It's my honour. We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Mr Kim said: "The way to come to here was not easy. The old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward but we overcame all of them and we are here today." (Read more.)

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