President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement on Tuesday vowing to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula. In exchange, the U.S. offered to provide security guarantees for the regime.
The joint statement was signed by both leaders after their unprecedented summit in Singapore.
“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,” the statement said. “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 statement also lists four goals of the agreement:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples 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.
President Trump said he expects the denuclearization process to start “very, very quickly” and revealed that verification would be part of the agreement. The deal will also “involve having a lot of people in North Korea,” the president said. For now, sanctions on North Korea will remain in place.
In another act of good faith, Trump said the U.S. would cease joint military exercises with North Korea, which will only be resumed if it appears that the negotiation is "not going along like it should."
Trump also hinted there are additional agreements that have yet to be disclosed. “Some things were agreed and not reflected in the agreement,” he added.
While some argue the deal is currently only symbolic and contains no guarantees yet, it's a huge step toward diplomacy with a rogue nation that has threatened the United States with its nuclear arsenal.