Trump and Kim sign new chapter of US-North Korea deals


After months of back and forth, U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un held face-to-face talks in Singapore on June 12, before announcing the terms of renewed cooperation between their two countries.

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In a joint statement released by the White House on June 12, Trump and Kim committed to renewed work towards peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, and its eventual denuclearization.

Department of State on Twitter

1. US & DPRK commit to establish new relations 2. US & DPRK will join efforts to build lasting & stable peace on Korean Peninsula 3. DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula 4. US & DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains https://t.co/op7un1P4SO

The White House hailed the summit as “epochal,” pointing out it was the first time the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea had met. (See also earlier WikiTribune coverage of U.S.-North Korea summits.)

Others cast doubt on whether the meeting had done anything other than provide Kim with the diplomatic coup of obtaining a meeting with a U.S. president, arguing that the agreement essentially repeated the commitments of previous deals, which eventually came to little.

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Remember when they remade the movie Karate Kid 25 years later? That’s what this is:

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On October 21 1994, the U.S. and North Korea signed the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the groundwork for which was laid when North Korea became a party to the global Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1985.

In the Framework, North Korea agreed to begin the process of dismantling its nuclear energy infrastructure, while the U.S. would provide oil to meet the shortfall in power supply. The parties also agreed to work together towards global non-proliferation and a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

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Read the full text here (via the International Atomic Energy Agency):

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