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What Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un agreed in Singapore: full text

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What Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un agreed in Singapore: full text

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After a historic meeting in Singapore, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un signed a document containing four points of agreement between their countries:

  • "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 the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula

  • "Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjeom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

  • "The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified."

The letter also states that the US will provide security guarantees to North Korea.

The US president later gave a news conference at which he gave more details which were not in the document.

The full text of the document reads **{Euronews' annotations appear in brackets}**:

"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 (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. {Ed: The meeting was first announced in March by South Korea, which said Kim wanted to meet Trump as soon as possible. The US accepted but on May 24 Trump cancelled it, citing Kim's hostile rhetoric – before reinstating the meeting on June 1.}

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 an 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. {Ed: The one-to-one meeting lasted around 40 minutes, and was followed by a three-hour meeting with senior aides. On the unspecified "security guarantees", Trump later said the US would stop military exercises – he called them "war games" – in South Korea, in what some analysts see as a major concession. The US has said it seeks "verifiable, irreversible" denuclearisation, but pressed on detail the president simply said it would have "a lot of people there". He also said at his news conference that human rights had been discussed only "briefly". Trump said he did show Kim a four-minute video illustrating how North Korea had "tremendous potential" to develop economically.}

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. {Ed: There is no mention of the United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear tests and missile programme, which have accelerated under Kim Jong Un. Trump said later: "The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor". The country is desperately impoverished; funds are channelled into military programmes while basic necessities are in short supply. The UN estimates that over 40 percent of the population are undernourished.}

  • The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. {Ed: North and South Korea are technically still at war, as the Korean War of 1950-53 concluded only with a truce. Trump said at his news conference that the Korean people, north and south, were "profoundly talented, industrious and gifted" who "share the same language, culture, heritage and destiny".}

  • Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. {Ed: North Korea made the same commitment at the April summit between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Their declaration set out to achieve, “through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula”.}

  • The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. {Ed: This refers to prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Korean War of 1950-53, in which the United States fought on the side of North Korea. Trump said the remains of thousands would now be brought back. US veterans' organisations had put pressure on the Trump administration to keep the issue on the agenda in Singapore.}

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 stipulation in this 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. {Ed: Trump said he expected "vigorous negotiations" on the denuclearisation process to start "very, very quickly". Kim had told him that North Korea was "already destroying a major missile engine testing site". Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: "Absolutely, I will".}

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 security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world." {Ed: At his news conference, Trump agreed with a reporter's assertion that North Korea had got away with "cheating the system" in the past, but said he believed Kim was "going to live up to that document" and "wants to get it done".}