Pres. Trump & Kim Jong Un Sign A Historic Blueprint for Peace
“The past does not have to define the future. Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war. And as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends…. Peace is always worth the effort…. Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”
What It Says:
“Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearizaton of the Korean Peninsula. We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible. And he wants to do that.”
Pres. Trump said NK will begin destroying missile testing site soon.
What It Doesn’t Say:
“We will be stopping the war games … unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should.”
- Pres. Trump did NOT agree to pull U.S. troops out of SK.
- Pres. Trump did NOT agree to lift sanctions.
- NK’s human rights violations discussed; NO promises made.
“Our unprecedented meeting, the first between an American president and a leader of North Korea, proves that real change is indeed possible. My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive…. We’re prepared to start a new history and we’re ready to write new chapter between our two nations.”
Pres. Trump's remarks following Singapore Summit
“I think without Otto, this would not have happened…. Otto did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today.”
In 2016, Otto Warmbier was a 21-year-old American student who was arrested in North Korea after he was accused of stealing a political (propoganda) poster and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. When he was released by North Korea after nearly a year and a half in captivity, he was in a coma and died days later.
The joint statement signed by Pres. Trump & Kim Jong Un is short on details. Pres. Trump said there wasn't enough time, but that more will be worked out in the future, and admitted that "if you don't get the ball over the goal line, it doesn't mean enough." Read it here:
- Trump, North Korea”s Kim Jong Un sign unspecified document: [https://www.apnews.com/f4a5201ceceb44f896e2e497537ba116/Trump,-North-Korea’s-Kim-Jong-Un-sign-unspecified-document](https://www.apnews.com/f4a5201ceceb44f896e2e497537ba116/Trump,-North-Korea's-Kim-Jong-Un-sign-unspecified-document)
- Watch Live: President Trump To Speak After Historic Summit With Kim Jong Un: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/11/watchlivepresidenttrumptospeakafterhistoricsummitwithkimjongun.html
- US student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at age 22: https://www.apnews.com/9ae9e57cbbf448dda8fb9dc05dccc475/US-student-freed-by-North-Korea-in-a-coma-dies-at-22
- Full text: The statement signed by Trump and Kim: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/full-text-trump-kim-korea-summit-637541
“Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following.
1. 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.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S-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 this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States 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 U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.“
by Jenna Lee,