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The Trump-Kim 'Historic' Encounter "

“Mutual deterrence,” among other things, eventually brought Washington to peace talks with Pyongyang.

The joint statement of United States(US) President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un at their Singapore Summit on 12 June 2018 characterises the meeting as “historic,” as has the media, repeatedly. But considering that this was the first face-to-face encounter between a US president and a North Korean top leader, the laconic joint statement issued at the end of it left a lot of questions unanswered. The essence of the statement was that Trump committed to provide “security guarantees” to North Korea, and Kim “reaffirmed” his responsibility to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.”

Yes, “reaffirmed,” for Kim did the same—committed to bringing about a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons—at his summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April 2018. The last clause of the third article of the Panmunjom Declaration of 27 April 2018 issued by the leaders of the two Koreas, “confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.” And, for this, the two Koreas “agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community.” This is precisely what Kim pursued in Singapore and seems to have been promised a resolution.

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Updated On : 18th Jul, 2018


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