The on-again, off-again meeting between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place in Singapore on Tuesday. Both leaders gave the appearance of being guarded in front of the cameras though remained friendly to each other while producing an agreement that broke no new ground on denuclearization. Four points were made in the document signed by Trump and Kim at the summit and they are as follows:
- The United States and the D.P.R.K. commit to establish new U.S.-D.P.R.K. relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
- The United States and D.P.R.K. will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the D.P.R.K. commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the D.P.R.K. commit to recovering P.O.W./M.I.A. remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Outside of the agreement Trump says he has agreed to halt all military exercises off the Korean peninsula during negotiations and Kim Jong-un will dismantle a rocket testing facility. All sanctions on North Korea remain in effect.
But will any of this change North Korea’s behavior? Kim Jong-un said during the summit’s signing ceremony “the world will see a major change.” Trump, of course, put his positive spin on the results of the summit. However, it would not be the first time the North Koreans have gone back on their words or have broken agreements. The world will have to wait and see what North Korea in fact does. Despite all the hype and hope for the Singapore Summit, in the end it was merely a confidence-building exercise between the two nations. What fruits it may produce, only time will tell.