US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un signed a vague denuclearization agreement in Singapore on Tuesday following a historic summit between American and North Korean leadership.
According to the document, Washington would provide unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for North Korea’s “unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” In a press conference following the announcement, Trump indicated that the joint US-South Korea military exercises – which Pyongyang sees as a threat – would halt.
“The world is going to see a major change,” Kim said during the signing ceremony. Trump added that North Korea’s denuclearization process will be starting “very quickly.” He also said Kim had already agreed to destroy a “major” nuclear testing site.
The document also says both leaders will strive “to build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula. Trump said he learned Kim is a “very talented man” who “loves his country very much” and agreed to invite him to the White House. Trump said he will travel to Pyongyang “at the appropriate time.”
Regarding the sanctions imposed on the DPRK, Trump said they will remain in place until the regime's “nukes are no longer a factor.”
Trump and Kim began the first-ever summit between the heads of these longtime enemies with a one-on-one meeting, with interpreters, that lasted 38 minutes, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with advisers before a working lunch. The summit ended early in the afternoon with the participants due to travel home that same day.