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Trump and Kim wrap up Singapore summit

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/12/18, 08:23 am

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday concluded a historic summit in Singapore by signing a joint declaration but offering few details about future denuclearization efforts. The summit began with a 13-second handshake between the two leaders who stood side-by-side in front of several North Korean and U.S. flags. Following several meetings at a luxury resort, the leaders signed a joint declaration promising to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula. Kim emphasized his pledge to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and Trump vowed to provide the North with “security guarantees.” Trump announced after the summit that the United States will halt “inappropriate” joint military exercises with South Korea. The leaders also agreed to return the remains of U.S. troops, including prisoners of war and soldiers who went missing in action during the Korean War. Nearly 7,800 U.S. soldiers remained unaccounted for after the conflict. Kim told reporters “the world will see a major change,” although both leaders remained unclear on specific denuclearization efforts. Following the summit, Trump thanked Kim for “taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/12/2018 04:11 pm

    I guess it is too much to ask that something positive accomplished by our president make major headlines.  I thought WORLD would be better than the fake news networks, but I guess not...  Thank you Onize Ohikere for at least writing a short article on this historical event.                                    

  • Laura W
    Posted: Tue, 06/12/2018 05:59 pm

    Um, it's been less than 24 hours since it happened. Maybe you could wait and see whether they actually do an in-depth piece later, instead of jumping to conclusions?

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 06/12/2018 10:50 pm

    First, World has published a lot of good things about what Pres. Trump and the Republicans have done.  World just chooses not to sacrifice its moral obligation to follow truth wherever it leads to political expediency.

    Second, how significant this meeting is remains to be seen.  It is a small step in the right direction, sure.  But it is the first of what must be many more steps before we can distinguish it from everything else that has been done regarding North Korea.  Nothing short of confirmed de-nuclearization and a significant improvement in human rights in North Korea qualifies in my opinion.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 06/14/2018 12:35 am

    This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end.  But perhaps, this may at least be the end of the beginning.

    Was it Winston Churchill who said something like that during another tense time in history?

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Thu, 06/14/2018 05:33 pm

    The "few details" line has become ubiquitous in the press since the meeting of the two leaders.  How many details does one need?  Recently there was a nuclear threat from North Korea.  Now there is not.  Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize after being in office 12 days.  Trump averts nuclear war and gets nothing but scorn.