Kim agrees on ‘de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion’; Trump on se­cu­rity guar­an­tees

Sanc­tions on North Korea for its nu­clear tests to re­main for now Ful­fill­ing North Korea’s ma­jor de­mand, US agrees to end joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with South Korea US is ‘pre­pared to start a new his­tory’ with North Korea’, says Trump as this was first meet

The Hitavada - - PASTIME - By Gur­dip Singh

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jongun on Tues­day agreed to work to­ward ‘com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula’ in re­turn for se­cu­rity guar­an­tees from the US as Don­ald Trump wrapped up his his­toric sum­mit which he de­scribed as ‘hon­est, direct and pro­duc­tive’.

Trump also said that the US would end joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with South Korea, ful­fill­ing a ma­jor de­mand by North Korea that has long claimed they are in­va­sion re­hearsals. The Pres­i­dent, how­ever, said the sanc­tions on North Korea for its nu­clear tests will re­main for now.

Trump and Kim con­ducted a com­pre­hen­sive, in-depth, and

sin­cere ex­change of opin­ions on the is­sues re­lated to the es­tab­lish­ment of new re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and the build­ing of a last­ing and ro­bust peace regime on the Korean Penin­sula, ac­cord­ing to a joint state­ment signed by Trump and Kim at the end of the sum­mit. “Pres­i­dent Trump com­mit­ted to pro­vide se­cu­rity guar­an­tees to the DPRK (Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea), and Chair­man Kim Jong-un reaf­firmed his firm and un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula,” the state­ment read.

It said that the two sides com­mit­ted to re­cov­er­ing POW/MIA (pris­on­ers of war and miss­ing in ac­tion) re­mains in­clud­ing the im­me­di­ate repa­tri­a­tion of those al­ready iden­ti­fied.

The doc­u­ment was signed af­ter the two lead­ers had a oneon-one meet­ing, with trans­la­tors only, fol­lowed by an ex­panded meet­ing in­clud­ing their top aides and a work­ing lunch at Capella Sin­ga­pore ho­tel in Sen­tosa Is­land af­ter months of diplo­matic twists and turns. IN­DIA WEL­COMES TRUMPKIM SUM­MIT: IN­DIA on Tues­day wel­comed the his­toric sum­mit be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, call­ing it a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment. In its re­ac­tion, the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs (MEA) at the same time hoped that any res­o­lu­tion to the North Korean ‘penin­sula is­sue’ will ad­dress New Delhi’s con­cerns about Py­ongyang’s pro­lif­er­a­tion link­ages with In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood, seen as an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Pak­istan.

In­dia has been press­ing for a probe into North Korea’s pro­lif­er­a­tion link­ages with In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un reach to shake hands dur­ing his­toric sum­mit at the Capella re­sort on Sen­tosa Is­land, in Sin­ga­pore, on Tues­day. (AP/PTI)

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