At his historic summit in Singapore with Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un has pledged on Tuesday “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but without giving concrete dates. In return, the president of the United States has promised guarantees of security to North Korea, which means that he will not try to overthrow his regime, one of the most repressive in the world, if it detaches itself from its atomic weapons.
This appears in the statement that both have signed after their meeting, held for almost five hours in the luxurious Capella hotel on the armored island of Sentosa.
«President Trump and President Kim Jong-un have maintained a complete, deep and sincere exchange of views on the issues related to the establishment of new relations between the USA and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the construction of a regime of durable and robust peace on the Korean Peninsula, “reads the joint statement, which both signed in front of the restricted group of journalists authorized to follow the meeting.
While Trump “has committed to providing security guarantees to the DPRK, President Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” In addition, both have advocated to “overcome decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and the opening of a new future.” But they made no mention of the international sanctions that still weigh on North Korea, which Trump announced will remain in effect until the denuclearization process begins.
To implement this agreement, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will carry out “follow-up negotiations” with the Pyongyang authorities “as soon as possible.” Although the signed declaration is nothing more than a minimum agreement without specific obligations, the mere meeting of the US and North Korean leaders is already a success because it is the first in its history. After decades of constant military tension, the communist regime of Pyongyang and the White House open a new era of understanding that aims to close the last remaining conflict of the Cold War.