What the document signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un says

Joann Johnston
June 14, 2018

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday of the suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea appeared to catch U.S. Forces-Korea and members of his own party by surprise, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was consulted beforehand.

Kim said that the "world will see a major change" and he and Trump "decided to leave the past behind" as they put pen to paper. A quick answer: Probably not.

But ahead of his sit down with Kim, Trump had said he would gauge whether the North Korean leader was honest with "just my touch, my feel". Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S.

In a joint declaration following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the North Korean leader pledged to move toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula and Trump vowed to guarantee the security of the United States' old foe.

The two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

Pompeo also said he was very confident that "sometime in the next week or so we will begin the engagement" with North Korea, though he didn't know the timing or how meetings would be structured.

Trump's remarks also caused confusion among his Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

Those details could prove major sticking points in the future while North Korea is believed to maintain a nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the U.S. mainland.

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Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the USA on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

Trump's agreement to suspend the military drills apparently came without prior consultation with South Korea, baffling many who believe the U.S.

Pyongyang canceled pre-summit talks with Seoul last month, calling the "Max Thunder" military exercise "an intentional provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula".

"Canada is the most compassionate country in the world", said An. "We have no intention of changing our joint drills with the United States", he said. "When you're a star, they let you do it", he added, referencing the lewd comments Trump made on tape in an interview with Access Hollywood about him being able to grab women "by the p***y" because he was famous. Past year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the US mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target. But he kept trying to reach out to North Korea, and eventually found a role as a mediator after Kim offered in January to send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the US, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low. Moon held talks with Kim in April at which Kim agreed to work toward "complete denuclearization".

What's the best-case and worst-case scenario we can hope for from the Trump-Kim commitment?

This question led to some of the most interesting exchanges during Trump's sprawling news conference after the signing with Kim. But about 30 percent said they approved of his handling of North Korea. "Denuclearisation was just an appendage", he said.

Bong Youngshik, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University, said it's too early to predict how Trump's cancellation of the military drills will play out in future nuclear negotiations.

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