SINGAPORE, NNC - US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work to finalize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while Washington is committed to providing security guarantees for former enemy.
"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," a joint statement issued after their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday (6/12/2018).
DPRK stands for "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", the official name of North Korea.
Trump said he hoped the denuclearization process would start "very, very quickly". US Secretary of State Mikie Pompeo and North Korean officials will hold follow-on negotiations "at the earliest possible date", the statement said.
However, the statement does not provide details on how denuclearization will be achieved. The document also did not mention international sanctions that have paralyzed the North Korean economy, to pursue its nuclear weapons program.
There is neither reference to the eventual signing of the peace agreement. North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war in the 1950-53 Korean War, while the conflict is claiming the lives of millions, completed with only a truce.
But the joint statement does not say both sides have agreed to restore the remnants of prisoners of war and those who are missing in duty and repatriate them.
If the joint statement leads to eternal perfection, it can fundamentally alter the security landscape of Northeast Asia, such as the visit of former US President Richard Nixon to Beijing in 1972 leading to China's transformation.
Before signing what Trump describes as a "comprehensive" document, Kim said the two leaders said the meeting was historic and decided to leave the past. The world still wants to see big changes.
Trump says he has established a "special bond" with Kim and relations with North Korea will be very different.
"People will be very impressed and people will be very excited and we will solve a very dangerous problem for the world," Trump said.
When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said, "Of course, I will [invite]." He calls Kim "very smart" and a "very worthy and firm negotiator." "I learned he was a very talented man and I also noticed he loved his country very much."