North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday pledged to work toward the “complete de-nuclearisation” in return for security guarantees from the US as Donald Trump wrapped up his historic summit with outcomes that could ease tensions and reshape the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region.
“Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’ war,” Trump said following more than four hours of intense talks with Kim, which he described as “honest, direct and productive.”
Trump said Kim “reaffirmed” his commitment to de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and also agreed to destroy a missile engine test site.
“We are ready to write a new chapter between our nations,” Trump told reporters after the much talked about summit – the first between a sitting US president and North Korea’s top leader. He also announced that he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession as Pyongyang has long claimed they are invasion rehearsals.
The President, however, said the sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear tests will remain for now.
Trump and Kim conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new relations between the two countries and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, according to a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim.
“President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete de-nuclearisation
of the Korean Peninsula,” the statement said. It said the two sides committed to recovering POW/MIA (prisoners of war and missing in action) remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
The document was signed after the two leaders had a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, followed by an expanded meeting including their top aides and a working lunch at Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa Island after months of diplomatic twists and turns.