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Update: North Korea commits to working towards ‘complete denuclearisation’

13 June 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to “working towards [the] complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” in a joint statement signed with US President Donald Trump during a landmark summit between the two heads of state held on 12 June on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with US President Donald Trump during their historic summit on 12 June in Singapore. (Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Getty Images)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with US President Donald Trump during their historic summit on 12 June in Singapore. (Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Getty Images)

“President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” said the four-point statement.

Washington and Pyongyang also committed to establishing “new” bilateral relations “in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity” and to join efforts to build “a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”.

Moreover, the two governments announced their commitment to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and missing-in-action personnel from the 1950–53 Korean War, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The statement fell short of the US demand for “complete, verifiable, and irreversible” dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear programme and included few other specific, actionable items. However, the two leaders agreed to implement the statement’s stipulations “fully and expeditiously”.

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

During a press briefing held that same day Trump was quoted by several media outlets as saying that he would suspend US military “war games” with South Korea while negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang progress, adding that continuing the joint military exercises at this time would be “provocative”, “inappropriate”, and “very expensive”.

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