United States President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday (AP). Trump and Kim signed a statement promising to take measures to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, without specifying the intended methods or timeframe (AP). The agreement primarily reinforced existing commitments, stating that the leaders would “build a lasting and stable peace regime” (AP ). This follows the Panmunjom Declaration of April 2018, wherein Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared an era of peace on the peninsula (AP 2).
Trump agreed to halt U.S. military exercises in South Korea, which Kim has long condemned as a hostile threat (Reuters). This concession reportedly surprised Congressional Republicans and officials in the Pentagon (Reuters). Before the conference, Trump also showed Kim a video that his administration made , imploring, “Will this leader [Kim] choose to advance his country?” (Reuters 2). Despite Trump’s diplomatic moves, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that officials will not remove sanctions on North Korea until complete denuclearization (CNN).
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