Trump, Kim sign agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula

The historic summit between US President Donald and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella, a luxury hotel in Singapore on Tuesday resulted in the signing of an agreement that seeks “to work towards complete denuclearization of 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,” the joint statement said.

The joint statement also said the two sides had agreed to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and of those missing in action and repatriating them.

President Trump described the document as “comprehensive”.

Experts and critics, however, remained skeptical about the outcome of the summit.

Laura Bicker, BBC News Koreas Correspondent, opined that “The agreement that the two sides have signed is vague and lacking in detail. It only commits the United States and North Korea to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. There is no mention that the process should be verifiable or irreversible – which is what the US has been pushing for. There is no timetable to disarm North Korea nor is there any invitation for weapons inspectors to be allowed in.”

 

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