Kim commits to complete denuclearisation, as Trump promises security guarantees: Details of agreement revealed

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Blown up images of the joint document US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed earlier this afternoon have been circulating online. Images show that Kim has given a “firm and unwavering” commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, as Trump promises unspecified security guarantees.

The documents reportedly say:

“President Trump held a first meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore today, June the 12th. President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions of the issues related to the establishment of the new US-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 the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

“Convinced that the establishment of the new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula, and of the world, and recognising that mutual confidence building will promote the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Chairman Kim and President Trump state the following:

“1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations, in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

“2. The US and the DPRK will join their effort 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 towards complete denuclearisation 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.

“Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit, the first in history, was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.

“The United States and the DPRK commit to build follow-on negotiations, led by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a relevant high-level DPRK official at the earliest possible date to implement the outcome of the US-DPRK summit.”

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un confirm denuclearisation process will start very quickly, as they sign “important” agreement


  1. A Consequent Report Card For The Trump-Kim Summit Related Players: Winners and Losers Spotlighted

    The day after the July 12, 2018 Trump-Kim Singapore summit: here’s a snapshot of the performance scorecard for six interested group of players of this summit…

    1. The Americans rack up a big Ai (I), namely, an INCOMPLETE grade with oodles of KIVs to be followed through.

    2. The North Koreans ace it with flying colors nailing a solid A+ for having their cake and eating it too…earning overnight their international cachet, meanwhile, keeping intact their nuclear weaponry.

    3. The Chinese also get a sterling A+ for diligently and successfully prepping their mentee/buffer-state neighbor for this Singapore summit.

    4. The South Koreans score a B+ for their assiduous rapprochement breakthrough endeavors preceding the summit; but they will now have to learn live with a permanently nuclear-armed neighbor henceforth, albeit a less bellicose one going forward.

    5. The Japanese net a D, an obviously unsatisfactory mark for this summit; the eventual rewrite of their constitution to enable sufficient re-arming of themselves bids fair on the distant horizon.

    6. And finally, host country Singapore chalks up an A for logistic efficiency and execution, reinforcing her reputation as a super MICE locus. (MICE=meeting/travel incentive/conference/exhibition)

    Winners/Losers spotlighted in high relief…

    First, concerning the losers: I’m being generous in the above grade of INCOMPLETE for Trump and his team. But frankly, just what is to be expected of such a hastily cobbled together summit? Some historical perspective may be in order here… It took then US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger more than 6 months to prep for Nixon’s 1972 maiden China summit, whereas the current US State Secretary Mike Pompeo (sworn in to his office only in late April) literally has had less than 6 weeks to pave the way for this epochal Trump-Kim summit. Regrettably, this historic meeting between the two leaders turned out essentially to be nothing more than an extravagant photo op for Trump’s newfound bromance with a nuclear power-hungry autocrat. Indeed, not to put too fine a point on it, the Trump-Kim joint declaration isn’t worth the paper it is printed on as regards Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization. Alas, Trump’s much publicly touted criteria for the summit entailing the so-called CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization) stipulations are conspicuously absent from the joint communique. This evisceration of the purported benchmark for the summit coupled with Trump’s abrupt intimation to suspend future military exercises with South Korea can only be construed as Trump’s impulse to propitiate Marshall Kim, banking in return on his goodwill follow-through in voluntary denuclearization at some nebulous future date. Good luck to that! In a June 11 prior blogpost, I’ve characterized this summit a ‘squandered opportunity’ by Trump —

    Now, concerning the winners: Watching this haphazardly convened summit from afar, President Xi has to be rubbing his hands with glee on what must be sounding like sweet music to his ears over the said suspension of military exercises in his neighborhood. Separately, there is simply no historical precedent for a rogue state that had built up its nuclear arsenal from scratch to subsequently blithely ‘denuclearize’ in order to come in from the cold. Kim’s thorough read of Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ is clearly paying dividends. In time, it would become increasingly evident that the king of the Art of the Deal was in fact being outmaneuvered by the upstart princeling in study. Moreover, unlike Trump with a term-limited office tenure, Kim has none; he expects himself to be around long after Trump is dead and gone — having nuclear weapons at his disposal makes it a must for his regime’s long-term survivability. Thus, there is a snowball chance in hell of Marshall Kim de-nuking on his own volition. Willy-nilly, his nukes are here to stay as Trump has made that all quite possible for him at this maiden summit in Singapore.

    And finally here’s a postscript to the incidental windfall for the host country Singapore…