The full text of the agreement signed by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore. It is not long.
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
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.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
- 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.
- The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit – the first in history – was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. 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.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
June 12, 2018
In a separate statement Trump announced that the US would suspend military exercise that they have been conducting jointly with South Korea. But conducting military exercises right on the borders of a country was always provocative and pointless. Do you really need to have ships and planes flying around to signify that the US and South Korea are allies? Do you really need to drive home the point that the US has massive military power?
Some analysts are have harshly criticized Trump for having got the worse end of the deal. But I think it seemed like a good summit. The two leaders seem to have sized each other up and arrived at some kind of working relationship, which is better than the ‘little rocket man’ and ‘dotard’ insult exchanges of the past. It is noteworthy that Trump did not indulge in any of the dominance games that he so loves to play to demonstrate that he is the most important person in the room. It showed a surprising level of maturity and restraint on his part.
What denuclearization implies was always going to be a sticking point and it was obvious that the word would be left ambiguous and the wording “work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” is likely to be used to finesse any disagreements since “work towards” can mean anything and any time scale. Those who are criticizing the deal because it does not contain previous US demands for “complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement (CVID)” are being unrealistic. That might be a long-range goal but was never going to happen immediately.
Those who wanted Trump to bring in the issue of human rights violations seem to think that Trump cares about such things. He and previous US presidents have always used human rights as a weapon to destabilize enemies while ignoring massive violations by allies like Saudi Arabia, Israel, Indonesia, Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, the list is long. Trump couldn’t care less about the hardships suffered by the North Korean people.
One thing I noticed is that there is no mention of lowering the level of sanctions imposed on North Korea that has contributed to its economic plight. This is something that I think Kim must have hoped for but did not get. It is likely to be part of future negotiations.
The very fact that there are going to be a lessening of tensions and ongoing discussions between the two nations is the most positive outcome.
So I think Trump can justifiably claim that it was a good summit.