Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore

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The Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore

An excerpt from NPR: The day began with a historic handshake, the first meeting ever between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. As Kim Jong Un and President Trump strode toward each other and clasped hands Tuesday morning at the Capella resort on Singapore's Sentosa Island, it marked a diplomatic milestone — and the start of what seems certain to be a long negotiation process over North Korea's nuclear program.

"I feel really great," the president said after the handshake.

"Well, it was not easy to get here," Kim said. "Old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward. But we overcame all of them, and we are here today."

The two leaders first sat down for a private meeting, followed by another with their advisers. In the afternoon, they signed a brief statement calling for peace, committing to recover the remains of U.S. service members from the Korean War and asserting a "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

The subject of North Korea's human rights abuses was not mentioned, and President Trump also announced that the U.S. would stop its longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea, which he called "very provocative."

As the day wrapped up, the president told reporters, "We have developed a very special bond." But, he acknowledged, "Today is the beginning of an arduous process."


Full Transcript and video of President Trump's press conference after the summit.


The signed statement as released by the White House:


Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 12, 2018 

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 State Affairs Commission 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 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.

  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.

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.

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Male 2,343
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Male 9,475
The United States Foreign policy is so weird........We bash Allies like Canada and the G7 he can't stop praising Kim, Putin, Saudi Crown Prince and other Authoritarians.  Can we just call Trump what he is, an Authoritarian wannabe.  
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normalfreak2 I think the praising of enemies is trumps way of "keeping your enemies closer" and this come from someone who absolutely believes he's an idiot and an egotist. Is it wise probably not, but even idiots get some things right some of the time. The treatment of Canada and others appears to me to be simple posturing.  Him saying we "I" am more important than you and I'll make sure you know it. It's policy by asshole plain and simple.
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Male 2,343
normalfreak2 Most of the Canadians I know are making a point of not buying anything made or grown in the USA since Trump's tweets.
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Male 2,260
lockner01 I don’t see how punishing business owners for Trumps tweets makes a lot of sense. 
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Male 2,343
woodyville06 I don't see how a 25% tariff on steel makes sense.
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Male 2,260
lockner01 you missed the point completely.
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Male 1,839
Who cares what he signs or says? He's A fucking liar.
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Male 1,687
marsii I was about to ask, "which one?" and then I thought, "oh, right."
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Male 1,839
semichisam01 Exactly.
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Male 18,155
This was the first move in a very long chess game.

Neither side gave up anything. Kim didn't give up Libya style denuclearisation, just dangled it like a carrot. Trump said he wouldn't do any more joint exercises, but they've just done one and it's not big loss not doing another for a few months.

Can the talks be successful? Who knows? It's early days. Trump and Kim's previous firey exchange was for domestic consumption but escalated the situation to the point of war. That was bad. Currently, they have a feeling of progress which will also play well at home.

The bit I like is the US policy seems to acknowledge that a good outcome would be the strengthening of the regime and a little softening of sanctions in exchange for denuclearisation. Previous US presidents sought to bring about a Romanian-style revolution. I think that would be too painful and the regime would fight tooth and nail to avoid it.

They went to a the brink and the crisis response will normalise relations to where they were around 109 years ago. The good news is both have had a chance to gaze into the void and nobody died, so we have some impetus.

Once things have restabilized, we need to work on the end game for the DPRK regime.

I hope the US will work towards a win-win situation for the world, the regime and the people. Trying to starve them like Cuba, topple them in revolution, or invade them won't work.
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Male 45
We've been down this road before.  The last three presidents could never be convinced NK would ever be serious in denuclearization, so they never gave NK legitimacy.

For NK, this was never about denuclearization or peace, it's about the U.S. treating NK as an equal because of their nuclear threat.  Trump gave Kim what he has been looking to get for decades...legitimacy.  Will this lead to denuclearization?  We'll see.  History tells us it's doubtful, but it doesn't predict the future.
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Male 245
Is this productive? Who knows at this point I'd say no one does.  Guessing about this is like guessing about the effectiveness of a new diet of a 600lb man in the first week. 

 The reality is it's going to take years of real work, real change, diligence, understanding, negotiation and renegotiation. Just like the diet odds are it'll be a failure, but there had to be a first step and this qualifies as that. 
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Female 5,271
so when are America going to start to get rid of their nuclear arsenal?
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Male 12,953
emmettyville can't, too much fear
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Female 5,271
monkwarrior what, you mean like everyones terrified of some idiot in America accidentally setting off ww3 and all of us get blown to kingdom come?
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Male 12,953
emmettyville something like that to some degree..
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Male 12,953
I find it interesting that this person is the only person of the last several so-called 'leaders' of that nation who actually went to meet the head of the north korean state.

But i must admit, i have had a good laugh at reading some of the comments of hate inspired by the preaching of the western media delusions.  It's like the media and people who are spoon fed it are highly delusional and irrational.

But to any sensible person, that was pretty much going to be a given they would react that way, noticing the heavy delusions of the western media, still enraged after looking stupid a year ago on the election day.

Now that i think of it, the delusional hate has been fostered for a long time, and it's nice to see the haters having nothing to grasp on and looking stupid while being enraged delusionally.  That means they might have a chance to realize they were wrong and recover from the delusions.
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Male 2,343
It seems like he's putting more effort into relationships with North Korea than Canada.
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Male 9,475
Just remember the Iran deal had VERIFIABLE steps in place, The Iran deal was 100 times more indepth and verifiable than this.  Let's be honest this is Trump playing the role of a President on a daily reality show.  I WANT this to end right, I want this to work but let's be real.  Look what he gave up in the Iran deal.  This deal vs the Iran deal and you tell me this is a good negotiator.
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Trumps comment about north Koreas beaches and how amazing they would be for building condos made me laugh my ass off.

There is always an ulterior motive with trump. the twitter wars were a ploy to make N korea lash out so he could sell shit loads of arms to Japan and S korea. Now that the deals are done, he goes in for peace and on day one immediately starts speaking about prime real estate locations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd9PYIb0H2o&t=57s

Money, Money, Money, Money!
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Male 471
This is a perfect moment to see the character of people who comment on CNN/BBC and any other liberal-leaning website. They prefer that this won't work out just because they don't like Trump. It's disgusting.
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Male 348
Fojos Say what you want about the American media but do not discredit the BBC. 
Unlike so many other news agencies around the world they are actually held to a standard and only report the verified facts. 
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thenedman Did I say anything about the media itself? I commented the morons who visit their facebook pages (we definitely can't count the people here on one hand who belongs to this group).
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Male 9,475
Fojos You know you've been here for a while NOT once did you ever say this about the ACA or stimulus spending bill that Obama signed.  Your hypocrisy is palpable.
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normalfreak2 While those kind of comments existed, you're seriously in delusion if you think it was even close to the same level. Everyone knows the atmosphere is completely different today, even ignorant people here.
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Male 724
just because there is no more circus, doesn't mean there aren't clowns.

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Male 12
At least little Kimmy got to have some fun in Singapore. NK's such a drag.
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Male 6,984
1) If Trump could actually get NK to dismantle their nukes and nuclear building program, I would have to say he would instantly jump into the top ten presidents of all time.  Verified by a non-US agency of course.

2) If Kim gets sanctions eased so that NK gets more goods into their nation without giving up his nukes, then Trump (and by the extension the US) have been played like a cheap fiddle.  If you read the agreement, NK is under no compulsion to do anything of actual merit.

Now which scenario seems more likely?  

Regardless, im hoping having met each other, that they will feel less need to do all that childish chest thumping and keep the war rhetoric at a minimum.  Could be a vain hope tho.
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Female 6,451
I WANT to get happy about this, but it was 'too easy' if that makes sense?  I have a feeling that that psychopudge isn't going to uphold his end of the bargain by any stretch.
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Male 6,496
melcervini Hopefully after the big production they made, Kim will be forced in the public eye to uphold his end of the bargain this time. Three's a charm. One can only hope.
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Male 6,984
markust He promised to do NOTHING lol.. Pretty easy promise to keep up.

That engine test sight he promised to dismantle was already destroyed, they fucked up and its irreparable.

Bones of dead people, sure he will happily give those up (assuming they have any left)
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Female 6,451
markust It'll be interesting at the very least to see where China comes into play if Un is being deceptive af, and what happens to NK's prison camps/tyrannical treatment of their own people?
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Male 12
GOOD
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