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Trump and Kim Open a new era, but without assuming concrete commitments

The vague declaration of the Summit puts in the hands of the diplomats continue the process towards the disarmament of North Korea

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Trump and Kim Open a new era, but without assuming concrete commitments

The Singapore Summit, historic as first of a US president and a North Korean leader, fulfilled expectations demanded of him. Both leaders shook hands, chatted for four hours and signed a joint statement, sounding in ir aspirations and minimal details. But two were satisfied and with ir personal goals fulfilled. Donald Trump manages to play role of world leader in which he failed miserably during G7 Summit in Canada. Kim Jong-Un takes a big step forward to be accepted as a legitimate leader in international community. And re is a negotiating process that is now in hands of technicians and diplomats to arrive, perhaps someday, at denuclearization of North Korea.

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The four-point communiqué expresses North Korea's commitment to "complete denuclearization of Korean peninsula." The United States will provide security assurances to Kim's regime. Pyongyang will deliver remains of former prisoners of war and disappeared in combat. The two will collaborate to establish a "lasting and stable peace regime," that is, for signing in future of an agreement that puts a formal end to Korean War (1950-1953) that Trump expects "soon."

There is no--nor did most analysts expect it--no concrete measure for it. No calendar. No roadmap. These details ("trivial", he lacked to say) will be cash m to negotiate, in long-anticipated conversations, Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and senior North Korean officials. The head of American diplomacy will travel to Seoul on Wednesday to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and "as soon as possible," first round of postsummit dialogue with representatives from Pyongyang.

Trump has insisted that ultimate goal of a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is maintained. The sanctions, he said, will remain as long as North Korea maintains its weapons.

Maybe. But fulfillment of those sanctions is anor thing, and it is not in hands of Trump. It rests, above all, in China, whose shadow has been very present at this summit: it has been a symbol that Kim arrived, and left, on a plane from that country. And China, in sights of a Trump aimed at a trade war, is no longer interested in applying m in a strict way.

Four points of a historical quotation

REUTERS, Singapore

These are four points of joint statement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-UN:

1. United States and DPRK undertake to establish new relations between United States and Democratic People's Republic of Korea according to desire of peoples of two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. United States and DPRK will join forces to build a durable and stable peace regime on Korean peninsula.

3. Reaffirming declaration of Panmunjom of 27 April 2018, DPRK is committed to working towards complete denuclearization of Korean peninsula.

4. The United States and DPRK undertake to recover remaining POW/MIA (prisoners of war and missing persons in combat action), including immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The juicy details were left out of statement — "We haven't had time," Trump said — and it was American president who revealed m in his long press conference. The joint military maneuvers between United States and South Korea were over, he said. They cost "a bundle," he said. But in addition, y are "a provocation," he said. If Kim was watching live broadcast, he must have smiled. That has always been position of Pyongyang.

Trump's statement seemed to sow confusion between his own military and his allies. The US force in South Korea, of almost 30,000 soldiers, almost immediately issued a statement emphasizing that it "has not been instructed" on a cancellation of maneuvers and will go ahead with m as planned. Seoul has stated that it must study exactly what Trump wanted to say; The same response he offered when White House tenant unilaterally cancelled Singapore summit before declaring it in motion again.

With a few terms in final declaration more or less ereal, great value of summit was in chemistry that two leaders could develop, and in launching of a negotiating process. In this sense, Capella Hotel meeting was a success. The handshake between former "Rocket Man" and old "old Beaver" alienated relations between Pyongyang and Washington from clash of nuclear trains to which y seemed doomed last year.

Trump, salesman, described it in most appreciative terms. "We have developed a very special bond," he assured in his extensive — and sometimes confusing — press conference, "We are very proud of what has happened today [this Tuesday]." It opens "an opportunity like no or" for North Korea, "a new era of prosperity."

Kim, more sober, or less accustomed to talking live to cameras around world, was more content, but was also generous in his description. "We're going to sign a historic agreement. The world is going to see a tremendous change. "

"I thank President Trump for making this meeting possible," he said, at signing ceremony, when both leaders, seated next to each or and with flags of both countries in background, were set to stamp ir rubric on documents. A scene of an act of state. An image that opened way for Kim's legitimation as a leader in world order.

Throughout ir conversations — 45 minutes alone, accompanied only by ir translators; An hour and a half of formal negotiation with ir teams, and a lunch of about an hour that combined American dishes with Asian delicacies, denuclearization took lion's share. But re was time — it shouldn't have been much — for human rights, Trump said. As he argued, this "honorable" leader wants to "do right thing." Now that talks have begun, he said, y will improve living conditions in one of world's worst-tracked countries — up to 120,000 people could find mselves politically-motivated, according to UN.

Among summit participants were national security adviser, John Bolton, from United States; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House chief of Staff John Kelly. Alongside Korean leader were his sister, Kim Yo-jong, his trusted man, Kim Yong-chol, chief of staff Kim Chang-son, and head of delegation that met in Panmunjom with U.S. representatives, Choe son-hui.

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