U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, after hours of unprecedented closed-door talks.
Trump described the declaration as “very important” and “pretty comprehensive,” but refused initially to reveal what measures it contained. However, a photograph of the document released by Reuters shows the two sides have pledged to develop the new relationship and to continue negotiations.
In addition, it calls for both sides to recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action in the Korean War, and to repatriate these.
The agreement covers these four main points, according to Reuters:
“Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
1. 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.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
The signing was confirmed in a post to Twitter by the U.S. Department of State.
But some have criticized the agreement as lacking a solid commitment by Pyongyang to action such as a nuclear site closure, while others said it was vague as to details.
Wow. If this is it… this is depressing. This is even thinner than most skeptics anticipated. I figured Trump wd at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete: https://t.co/tvhLVnlXpj. This looks pretty generic. Maybe there will be some surprise in presser? https://t.co/BbzZaeCzo0
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) June 12, 2018
The move came at the end of negotiations that centered on Washington’s aim of persuading Pyongyang to agree to drop its nuclear program.
The talks began at 9 a.m. local time, or 9 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, with a 38-minute meeting between Trump and Kim alone except for translators. Aides were then brought in for two hours of negotiations, followed by a joint working lunch.
“Both sides are going to be impressed with the result,” Trump said, according to the AP.