Singapore Summit Promises Hope For The Future

20:10' 14-06-2018
In a historic meeting in Singapore on 12 June, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a “comprehensive” document, aimed at smoothing North Koreas international relations and the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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    It began with a handshake, and ended with both sides showing genuine and positive enthusiasm for the outcome of the meeting, the first ever held between sitting leaders of the two nations. It was followed by a lunch of beef short ribs, sweet and sour pork and the Korean braised cod dish Daegu Jormin.

    In the months prior to the summit, Kim Jong-un visited neighbour countries China and South Korea for talks with their leaders.

    The document, signed by both parties, affirmed four strong recommendations for future action.

    • The US and North Korea commit to establish new relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

    • The two countries will join in efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, signed by Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 27 April 2018, North Korea commits to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

    • The US and North Korea commit to recovering the remains of personnel who were prisoners of war or reported missing in action, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

    Most of the international response to the summit has been welcoming. Malaysia will re-open its embassy in Pyongyang, closed last year after the assassination of Mr Kim's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Kuala Lumpur.

    There have been two general criticisms of the summit. One is that although there is a stated commitment to denuclearisation, no details of the process or time frame have been specified. Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and the Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong, both expressed concerns that North Korea has made similar promises in the past, but not followed through.

    The other is that North Korea's poor human rights record was not raised. However, the fact that this summit has taken place at all suggests that these issues might be more easily raised later.

    President Trump said that the US and South Korea will cease joint military exercises, and he would like to invite Mr Kim to the White House in the future.

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