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Trump, Kim sign historic accord

US PLEDGES SECURITY GUARANTEES; N KOREA COMMITS DENUCLEARISATION

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SINGAPORE: United States President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit yesterday by signing a document in which Trump pledged “security guarantees” to the North and Kim reiterated his commitment to “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

The leaders also offered lofty promises, with the American president pledged to handle a “very dangerous problem” and Kim forecasting “major change for the world”.

The broad agreement was light on specifics, largely reiterating previous public statements and past commitments.

It did not include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the US and North Korea.

The pair promised in the document to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula and to repatriate remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Korean War.

News photographers captured photos of the broad, two-page agreement, which was not immediately released by the White House.

The formal document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism. Kim called the sit-down a “good prelude for peace” and Trump pledged that “working together we will get it taken care of”.

At the signing ceremony, Trump said he expected to “meet many times” in the future with Kim. Responding to questions, he said he “absolutely” would invite Kim to the White House. –Agencies

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