With U.S. and Democratic Republic of Korea flags as their backdrop, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un met and shook hands at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore on Tuesday.
The move was seen by many on both sides of the political spectrum as giving legitimacy to Kim and his regime. The Kim dynasty is known for its abhorrent treatment of its citizens and murderous tendencies toward any who would cross the country’s leader.
Kim has, in fact, murdered members of his own family in order to maintain power. Yet, there he stood — on the international stage — on equal footing with the leader of the free world.
Following the historic summit, which consisted of a one-on-one meeting followed by a meeting with key advisers, the two leaders signed what is being referred to as the Sentosa Agreement (see full text below):
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 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 US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting an 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 US-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 US-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 toward 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 US-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulation in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-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 US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
This is not the first time that North Korea has signed an agreement regarding its nuclear program. Previous attempts going back to 1992 have all ended with North Korea either violating the terms of the agreement or never implementing it to begin with.
However, President Trump heralded the success of the summit via Twitter:
…Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country. As I said earlier today: Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace! #SingaporeSummit
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018
Reactions to the summit and the agreement were mixed:
Negotiating advice 101. When you want to make a deal real bad you will make a really bad deal. #SingaporeSummit
— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) June 11, 2018
Let’s examine #SingaporeSummit results:
Kim Jong Un was put on par with the president, his past nuclear and human rights transgressions were rewarded, and U.S. committed to end joint military exercises.
Trump got a vague commitment for future denuclearization.
A poor start.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiffCA) June 12, 2018
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 12, 2018
Only time will tell if North Korea is serious this time, and in the meantime, we must continue to apply maximum economic pressure. The road ahead is a long one, but today there is hope that @POTUS has put us on a path to lasting peace in the Korean peninsula.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2018
With North Korea’s history of atrocities and deceit, only time will tell whether this agreement will see a fate different than the ones that came before it. The one glaring difference is that this time, the ostensible leader of the free world has declared his admiration and respect for a despot not 12 hours after calling a trusted ally weak and untruthful.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 12, 2018
This writer isn’t certain one could make up a story this bizarre if one wanted to.
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