Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

What the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un says

What the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un says

President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the USA after his meeting this week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that Americans should "sleep well tonight".

Most Western observers have said the deal includes no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved or verified.

"I don't think they're so confident right now", the president said.

In one photo on the front page, Trump was featured gesturing the way forward for Kim Jong Un, while four of the eight photos on the front page featured them shaking hands.

Trump and Kim are meeting in Singapore for historic talks aimed at finding a way to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

The joint statement says that "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". The US had sided with South Korea in the conflict.

In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the U.S. would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.

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There was some confusion in the U.S. over precisely what military cooperation Mr Trump had promised to halt.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter.

KCNA said the United States president expressed his intention to offer security guarantees to North Korea and lift sanctions "over a period of good-will dialogue" between the two countries.

"The modalities are beginning to develop", Pompeo said, but said, "there will be a great deal of work to do".

According to the spokesman, the meeting also enhanced the building of an enduring peace and stability, the denuclearisation efforts in the Korean Peninsula, as well as recovery and repatriation of Prisoners of War/Missing in Action.

Best case scenario is the two sides start talking, North Korea decides the no longer a threat and scales back its arsenal.

She also went on air to report on the deaths of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather.

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"We're going to denuke North Korea", Trump told VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren, adding that USA troops stationed in South Korea will remain in place, but announcing one concession long-sought by North Korea was included in the document signed earlier in the day.

"It is up to the US and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises". At his news conference, Trump said the war games were expensive, provocative and inappropriate.

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.

"High expectations were met by low results", said Nam Sung-wook, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Korea University.

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills.

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that were denied to media from elsewhere in the world.

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