The agreement was made Tuesday after a succession of meetings between the the two, when Trump was questioned by a reporter asking if Kim Jong Un had agreed to denuclearize he said, “We are starting that process very quickly.”
The official White House document made 4 points:
- 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.
- The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Trump said “we’ll probably need another summit” and that he will meet with Kim as “many times” as he needs too.
Kim, said through a translator, “We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document.”
This is could be seen as a victory as it is perceived as there being less of a nuclear threat, however, the main global nuclear threat still remains in the US. The United States have a stockpile of over 6800 nuclear warheads and have been the only country to have used them in history, with the world war 2 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The weapons have not only affected those outside of the states. As of February 2006, over $1.2 billion has been paid out in compensation to citizens of the US exposed to nuclear waste as a result of their nuclear weapons programs.
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