Over the last year, the relationship between the United States and North Korea has changed dramatically. At the end of last summer, tensions were at an all-time high.
The tensions were made known between President Trump and Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as they publicly talked about their disapproval of one another. When North Korea revealed various elements of their nuclear weapons, tensions peaked.
Now, several months later, the situation has taken a dramatic turn. In a historic move, President Trump and Kim Jong Un met up on Tuesday, June 12, to talk about a newly established relationship as well as nuclear disarmament.
According to CNN, the meeting lasted for five full hours. At this point, it is unclear the exact deal that was made or if complete disarmament will come to fruition.
At the end of the summit, President Trump said, “We both want to do something. We both are going to do something. And we have developed a very special bond. People are going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy.”
President Trump believes that the document that he and Kim Jong Un both signed “reaffirms his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” According to The Hill, President Trump also said that the two leaders trust each other.
One part of the statement said, “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 U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and 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.”
Below are the four main points that the two leaders made in the statement:
1. “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish the new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the people of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
2. “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
3. “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
4. “The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
The ending of the statement acknowledged that this was a historic summit and that both leaders would commit to seeing this statement through.
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