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
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)