SINGAPORE, June 12:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today 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 denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” the statement read.
It said 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 one-on-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.
“We signed a joint statement that is an unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of North Korea,” Trump told reporters after the summit – the first between a sitting US president and North Korea’s top leader.
He said the US is ‘prepared to start a new history’ with North Korea.
“Kim told me that North Korea has already destroyed a major missile engine testing site,” he said, without elaborating on it.
In response to a question about denuclearisation, Trump said, “We’re starting that process… Very quickly.”
Trump said there will be a meeting next week to go over the details of the denuclearisation process.
“We are working with the regional countries on getting this deal going. We are sitting with John Bolton next week to go over the details, to get this stuff done. We are working with South Korea, Japan, China to a lesser extent,” he said, while addressing an hour-long press conference.
Trump, however, said the US sanctions would remain in place until Washington had seen progress.
When asked about North Korea’s future economic model, Trump said it is for the country and its people to decide. He pointed out the real estate potential of its “great beaches” which can be seen on missile test footage.
Earlier, Trump said the summit went “better than anybody could have expected.”
“We have decided to leave the past behind,” Kim said through a translator, after signing the statement. “The world will see a major change,” he added.
Trump said he was very proud of what took place today and the two leaders would “take care of a very dangerous problem for the world.”
The 71-year-old Trump said the summit worked out far better than expected and he’s developed a “very special bond” with 34-year-old Kim. (PTI)
SINGAPORE, June 12: