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(2nd LD) (US-NK summit) Trump, Kim commit to 'complete' denuclearization, 'new' relationship

All News 17:10 June 12, 2018

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SINGAPORE, June 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a written agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

The four-point joint statement fell short of codifying the U.S. demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantlement (CVID). It also did not specify a timeline or how to proceed with the denuclearization process, which Trump said would start "very, very quickly."

"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," it reads.

DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The statement was issued after the leaders' unprecedented summit at the Capella Hotel on the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa.

In the agreement, the two sides also committed to establishing "new" bilateral relations and making joint efforts to build a "lasting and stable" peace regime on the peninsula.

In addition, they agreed to recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 1950-53 Korean War, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The two leaders agreed to implement what is stipulated in the statement "fully and expeditiously."

Though it marked a milestone in the checkered history of U.S.-North Korea relations, the agreement is expected to draw criticism from those who wanted to see specifics from any agreement.

In the April 27 inter-Korean summit declaration, Kim also mentioned complete denuclearization. Some criticized the declaration as "too vague and general," calling for a clear definition of the North's nuclear disarmament.

The summit followed weeks of grueling negotiations over sensitive issues such as the sequence and pace of the North's nuclear disarmament.

Washington has hammered away at its longstanding demand for the CVID, while Pyongyang has favored an incremental process, long criticized as a strategy to wring out more economic benefits.

Both U.S. and South Korean officials have anticipated that the summit will mark the "start" of a denuclearization process in an indication that it may take time.

Trump and Kim arrived in the Southeast Asian country on Sunday. They are set to leave later on Tuesday.

This combined image, released by Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information, shows U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Yonhap)


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