The media was wildly speculating on what was in the joint agreement between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the hours after it was signed on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
Would it include complete denuclearization? What had been given away to the North Koreans?
So, Trump decided to silence all of the speculation and release the document.
Here’s the full text of what the two leaders signed, via the Washington Examiner:
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 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 US-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 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 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 stipulations in the 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 the security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
Critics will emphasize that there might be some weaknesses in the wording.
Although the negotiations happened in only one day, there is little concrete in the document, which has many vagaries, although it’s likely that the Trump administration will steadily push for denuclearization over the coming months.
Two things that Trump mentioned in his news conference — the dismantling of a missile engine test site on North Korea’s side and the cessation of joint military drills with South Korea on the United States’ side — were not officially mentioned in the document.
It’s also unclear what kind of pledges the United States gave North Korea in terms of the country’s security.
According to Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not comment Monday on whether pledges of security would include the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
That said, it got Kim’s signature on a U.S. document that pledged his country to “complete denuclearization,” which is pretty big, considering his eccentricities.
There were also a number of North Korean concessions we couldn’t have expected before the conference, particularly the repatriation of POW/MIAs.
The details are obviously too large to work out in a day, but one hopes we’ll see them coming together over the next few weeks.
Either way, it was certainly a historic day — and one that ended with a historic document.
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