The US- North Korea Summit took place on March 12 at Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa Island after months of diplomatic twists and turns indicating some thaw in icy relationship, leaving the question wide open how long the agreement lasts and whether it is implemented on real ground. The two leaders held one-on-one meeting for around 45-minutes with just translators present. In the summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to work toward “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in return for security guarantees from the U.S. At the end of Summit a joint statement was issued by the two leaders which said that Mr. Trump and Mr. 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. 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. US President Donald Trump described the summit as “honest, direct and productive.”
The summit meet indicated readiness to discover points of convergence of interest, yet the give and take by the two countries seems to be just a beginning. Although Mr. Trump said that the U.S. would end joint military exercises with South Korea, but the sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear tests will remain for now. The first concession the US agreed is a friendly diplomatic gesture and fulfills one of the major demands of North Korea, the economic sanctions would still be in place to create pressure on the country to initiate denuclearization process. The President also 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 denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. 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.
Later, they held delegation-level talks. Mr. Kim was asked at least three times if he would give up his nuclear weapons. In response, he just smiled. “There will be challenges ahead but we will work with Trump. We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculation about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace.” Mr. Trump, however, said the U.S. sanctions would remain in place until Washington had seen progress. When asked about North Korea’s future economic model, Mr. Trump said it is for the country and its people to decide. He pointed out the real estate potential of its “great beaches” which can be seen on missile test footage.
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