Korea experts are criticizing the document. One even said that the text is “even thinner than most skeptics anticipated.”
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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a “pretty comprehensive” document on Tuesday as the historic meeting between the two leaders ended. While Trump is expected to unveil the main elements of the document soon, media outlets all over the world are already reporting about the agreement’s details after Trump held the signed piece of paper up to pose with it in front of the cameras.
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The following is the text of the document, as reported by Reuters:
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 U.S.-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 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:
- 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.
- The United States and the 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 towards 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 U.S.-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening 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 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 U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
Meanwhile, some Korea experts have taken to Twitter to express their criticism of the document. Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea’s Pusan National University, said that the document is “depressing” and that its wording is “even thinner than most skeptics anticipated.”
Wow. If this is it… this is depressing. This is even thinner than most skeptics anticipated. I figured Trump wd at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete: https://t.co/tvhLVnlXpj. This looks pretty generic. Maybe there will be some surprise in presser? https://t.co/BbzZaeCzo0
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) June 12, 2018
Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll tweeted about “some initial thoughts” after reading the text.
3. Talk of “mutual confidence-building” suggests step-by-step process, meaning Trump admin is flexible on prior insistence of CVID up-front.
4. DPRK and U.S. will “join efforts” to build lasting peace — but no mention of getting it done before 2018, as per 04.27 agreement
— Chad O’Carroll (@chadocl) June 12, 2018
9. Followup negotiations to be led by @SecPompeo + highlevel NK official emphasizes that a process lies ahead, w/ room for opportunity AND turbulence.
This is a type of vision document that many said might be agreed to, leaving deliverables in hands of specialists
— Chad O’Carroll (@chadocl) June 12, 2018