US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have made history today by shaking hands and signing a “comprehensive agreement” at a luxury hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa.
The diplomatic talks have led to President Trump to say that “we’ll be stopping the war games” after he hailed the “honest, direct, productive” talks with his North Korean counterpart over the crucial issues of defusing tensions and nuclear disarmament.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 June 2018
The document that they have both signed commits North Korea to work towards “the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and promises “new relations” between Washington and Pyongyang.
The US had demanded “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”.
Mr Trump said he would halt “war games” while Mr Kim had promised to destroy a missile testing site. He spoke of a “special bond” with the North Korean leader and said he was “absolutely” willing to invite him to the White House.
Mr Kim reiterated this point saying that “we’ve decided to leave the past behind…The world will see major changes.”
Still, analysts remain divided on what the summit will ultimately achieve. Some see it as a propaganda win for Mr Kim, others a potential path to peace.
Nevertheless, the agreement is being viewed as historic as it marks the first time any leaders from their respective countries have met.