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2. First Ever N. Korea-US Summit Opens in Singapore


Described as “the meeting of the century,” the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was the first U.S.-North Korea summit to be ever held and had made major headlines around the world.

The two leaders met at the Capella Sentosa Island Hotel in Singapore on June 12th. They first held one-on-one talks followed by extended talks and a luncheon.

Kim and Trump adopted a four-point joint statement under which they agreed to build a new U.S.-North Korea relationship and work toward establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The leaders also committed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to repatriate the remains of prisoners of war or those missing in action.

The historic summit was significant in that Trump committed to providing a security guarantee to North Korea, while Kim reaffirmed his pledge to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Following the Singapore meeting, North Korea returned 55 boxes of remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War while South Korea and the U.S. postponed or scaled down their annual joint military exercises.

However, another summit between Trump and Kim failed to take place within the year due to differences of opinion in follow-up talks.

The U.S. wants the North to take tangible steps for denuclearization while the North is demanding sanctions relief.

Photo : Yonhap News, KBS News

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