I commend Trump: Trump and Kim Jong Un Sign Agreement

I commend Trump. The deal has few specifics, but U.S. president says the leaders will ‘meet again...many times’

I give Trump full credit for this one. This agreement was the best possible outcome.

Many will disagree because, as the WSJ reports, the Talks Were Short on New Nuclear Pledges From North Korea.

Talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un produced few specific new commitments by Pyongyang to surrender its nuclear weapons, pushing any deal on timing and verification of disarmament to future negotiations.

Some of the biggest developments weren’t in the document signed by the two leaders. Speaking to reporters a few hours later, Mr. Trump said he would cease “tremendously expensive” joint military exercises with South Korea, a move he thought would be welcomed by Mr. Kim.

In addition, Mr. Trump said Mr. Kim had agreed to destroy a missile-engine testing site, in a concession that wasn’t part of the written agreement. Last week, 38 North, a website on North Korean affairs, published satellite imagery that showed North Korea had razed a missile test stand in the country’s northwest.

Perhaps the most important outcome was to open a channel between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim and set the stage for more high-level negotiations over thorny issues like the pace of North Korea’s denuclearization and a verification process that the declaration says are slated to begin as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump lauded Mr. Kim as “a very worthy, very smart negotiator.”

“We had a terrific day, and we learned a lot about each other and about our countries,” Mr. Trump said. “I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.”

Mr. Kim, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the U.S. leader for making the summit possible, and said he wanted to “leave the past behind.”

“The world will see a major change” as a result of their talks, he said.

Full Text of Agreement

Vox has the Full Text of the Agreement. Here are the key snips:

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 toward 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 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-up 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.

Trump described the document as “very comprehensive,” but there were no particulars on how to make the denuclearization process quick, verifiable or irreversible—often stated U.S. goals.

However, the threat of immediate hostilities vanished and perhaps we can see the beginning of a diplomatic process that will end over 60 years of enmity.

I suspect many will think Trump caved in. I think this was Trump's finest moment as president.

MIke "Mish" Shedlock

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Cocoa
Cocoa

If the USA is not committed to regime change, and NK can be modernized despite the autocratic government(we trade with China as well) then it's a win. Being dogmatic on regime change is why Kim would rather develop nukes-knowing the US will doublecross him and he will be hanging soon like Khadafi. And the South Koreans are the ones who take the brunt of any conflict-and they are sick of the BS too. Korea is split BECAUSE of the US Dogma on "communism."

LouisM
LouisM

East Germany was a vassal State of the Soviet Union just as North Korea is a vassal state of China. Kim is dependent on China and China can eliminate Kim the moment he is not useful. Im not going to say that Kim would be better aligned with the US. If Kim is smart then he will make a play for reunification. The US and Japan will not interfere with a unified Korea. They will want the best relations possible to deal with Chinese economic and military growth. China will restrain itself with a unified Korea because it doesn't want to alienate a unified Korea and push it towards the US and Japan. The greatest possible autonomy for North and South Korea is reunification. Kim may leave power but if he does then don't be fooled into thinking he is without power, influence and wealth even in a unified Korea Kim will be richer than he could have dreamed and he will hold major power and influence over North Korea even when unified...if anything his power and influence might even grow as North Korea gets richer and more developed. North Koreans will gradually forget the totalitarian days of starvation and death camps and attribute the new found prosperity to a now fatherly / grandfatherly Kim. However, pre-unification is the most dangerous time for Kim as China could very easily decide it wont support unification or denuclearization or an autonomous North Korea that isn't threatening the US, Japan or South Korea by proxy for China....and as a result.....China could decide to replace Kim with someone more compliant with China's wishes. This wont happen in a unified Korea but it could easily happen in a North Korea totally dependent on China.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

"Trump is a BS artist and this is his greatest achievement." So a peaceful solution to NK with them giving up nuclear ambitions is BS? You are a weird guy, Ambrose.

Ambrose_Bierce
Ambrose_Bierce

Sure and the 800lb gorilla in the room isn't present. What sort of security guarantees has NK made with China? Trump is a BS artist and this is his greatest achievement.

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