TIL Desk/World/Singapore/ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearisation” in return for security guarantees from the US as Donald Trump wrapped up his historic summit with outcomes that could ease tensions and reshape the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region.
Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war, Trump said following more than four hours of intense talks with Kim, which he described as “honest, direct and productive.” Trump said Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and also agreed to destroy a missile engine test site.
We are ready to write a new chapter between our nations, Trump told reporters after the much talked about summit – the first between a sitting US president and North Korea’s top leader. He also announced that he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession as Pyongyang has long claimed they are invasion rehearsals.
The president, however, said the sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear tests will remain for now. Trump and Kim conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new relations between the two countries and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, according to a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim.