Singapore agreement will end cold war, South Korea’s president says

Daniel Fowler
June 13, 2018

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un both received what they most wanted from their one-day summit in Singapore on Tuesday: Images of the two men shaking hands, talking across the table and getting along famously. 'We're going to have a great discussion, and I think a tremendous success.

"The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining cold war legacy on Earth".

I feel really great, ' Trump told reporters as he sat down for a meeting with Kim devoid of policy officials and only their translators.

Pompeo said the prepared to offer "unique" security guarantees to North Korea to ensure that eliminating its nuclear weapons won't end badly for Kim's regime.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington. But the North has long sought an end to the U.S. military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbour.

While most quickly heaped praise on Mr. Trump for even making the summit happen, a feeling of guarded skepticism spread during the hours following the meeting in Singapore.

"However we think that it is crucial to pursue various solutions for better dialogue".

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All of this suggests that a wild-card president ― the last thing you want in the sensitive negotiation ― could have created serious problems, and not only for USA negotiators, who will now have to iron out the details with North Korea.

"Today we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator.

In a landmark 2014 report, United Nations investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in camps in North Korea as political prisoners.

But there was no mentioning the previous US aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization". Department of Defense spokesperson told CBS News in a statement on Tuesday, "The Department of Defense continues to work with the White House, the interagency, and our allies and partners on the way forward following the U.S./DPRK summit". Mr. Trump gave Kim the legitimacy of equal.

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un sign a joint document at the nuclear summit. Trump defended his decision by emphasizing the high cost of joint military exercises.

"The senior officials of the party and government sincerely wished Kim Jong Un good successes in the first summit meeting and talks between the DPRK and the USA and his safe return", the KCNA said. He said the U.S. is working on the issue with South Korea, and Japan-as well as with China, but "to a lesser extent".

Mr. Trump's announcement that the joint exercises would end appeared to catch some US defense officials off-guard.

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