The World Breathes a Sigh of Relief: North Korean Summit Update
The day of reckoning is upon us and the unimaginable has happened – Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have met without any name calling, and may we even say that a little friendship is blossoming?
Isn’t this how friends greet each other?
‘Alpha male’ handshakes when Trump and Kim first met, but body language showed some anxiety https://t.co/FSrMDCVy1r Follow live updates of the #TrumpKimSummit: https://t.co/pwICFlOQCo pic.twitter.com/nauUjqrtVm
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 12, 2018
The two leaders have signed a document which commits to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Here’s the text in full:
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of 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 complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building cam promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
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.
The United States and 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. 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 the joint statement 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.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and the security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
It’s just beautiful, you guys.
Meanwhile, Dennis Rodman doesn’t want to be left out, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo through tears that “It’s a great day. I’m so happy. I think the fact that Trump would understand that the people of North Korea have a heart, they have soul, charisma, and they love each other. I want to see us get along. Have a handshake, have a smile, have a glass of iced tea. I don’t need to worry about the war stuff, I don’t know anything about that.”
Aww. So Dennis Rodman just wants us all to get along and to have some iced tea. Who wouldn’t want that?
But, uh, Dennis, remember when Trump said this about you?
Crazy Dennis Rodman is saying I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Never discussed, no interest, last place on Earth I want to go to.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2014
Maybe Dennis Rodman is the forgiving type.
After all, he got a call from Trump’s secretary saying that “Donald Trump is so proud of you, he says thank you.” Who else is getting a case of the warm and fuzzies?
Echoing what many thought around the world, Kim said to Trump through a translator that “Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy…from a science fiction movie.” Fantasy or otherwise, we think it’s safe to say that everyone is just relieved that the outcome of the summit doesn’t involve something blowing up.
On a final note, we don’t mean to rain on anybody’s parade, but can someone tell the US State Department that Singapore is not in Malaysia?
Sources: CNN, The Star
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