SINGAPORE – North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to denuclearize against security guarantees by the United States, according to an agreement signed between the leaders of the two countries in Singapore on Tuesday.
In the agreement, that followed an over four-hour-long historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier in the day, the two countries also committed to work toward the development of fresh relations and promote “peace, prosperity, and security” in the region.
“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,” the agreement said.
The agreement also said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with a senior North Korean official “at the earliest possible date” to continue with the negotiations.
The agenda of the follow-up talks will include a commitment to “establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity,” and discussions on building “a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
The talks would also look to reaffirm the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration between North and South Korea, in which Pyongyang had committed to denuclearization.
Lastly, the two countries would also discuss exchange of prisoners of war from the Korean War (1950-53), “including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
The two leaders acknowledged that Tuesday’s summit was “an epochal event of great significance,” and decided to “commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.”
Meanwhile, Trump had announced he would hold a press conference at 4:00 pm local time (0800 GMT) in Sentosa island.
The summit in Singapore was the first between the leaders of North Korea and the US after nearly 70 years of confrontation, and 25 years of failed negotiations and tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.