President Donald Trump of the United States and Supreme Leader of North Korea, Chairman Kim Jong-un, on Tuesday signed a joint document declaring the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula.
The event occurred during the historic summit between the two leaders at The Capella luxury hotel in Singapore.
Speaking at a press conference after the signing ceremony, President Trump said both leaders had agreed to dismantle nuclear weapons in the Korean region.
The US President also stated that Chairman Kim has agreed to ensure its denuclearisation process is “verified” by reputable international atomic experts.
President Trump also disclosed that the North Korean leader has agreed to destroy a “major missile engine testing site” used for the preparation and launching of nuclear weapons in the country.
He, however, stated that sanctions placed on the pariah state would remain in place until verifiable proof shows that the country is working in tandem with the signed agreement.
President Trump also stated that the war drills between the US and South Korea will be suspended, while he is also anticipating the withdrawal of his country’s military troops from the North’s neighbour.
According to the four-pointer document which was later published by the White House, both“ the United States and the DPRK (North Korea) commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
Furthermore, both countries reaffirmed their desire to uphold the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, with North Korea committed “to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Both leaders also committed to recovering the remains of the prisoners of the 1950-1953 Korean War Korean, “including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
In addition, the document stated that the summit would be a prequel to “follow-on negotiations”, to be led by US Secretary of State, Mike Popmpeo and a relevant high-level DPRK official, “at the earliest possible date.”