US President Donald Trump’s historic Summit with the North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un concluded a few hours ago at the Capella Hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
The world had it’s eyes on this first ever meeting of a North Korean leader with a sitting US President. The anxiety was heightened especially since the two leaders had exchanged warnings of their respective ‘Nuclear Buttons’ only six months ago.
The thaw began a few months ago due to the collective efforts from USA and South Korea. And the result is right here!
The two leaders have signed a “very comprehensive” agreement that will lead to a denuclearisation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), believes President Donald Trump.
According to the terms of the agreement:
• The US and the DPRK have committed to establish new relations in accordance with the desire of their people for peace and prosperity.
• The US and the DPRK will join their efforts in building a lasting and stable peace regime in the Korean peninsula.
• Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK has committed to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
• The US and DPRK have committed to recovering Prisoners of War remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
- Picture courtsey: USA Today
With no disregard to the immense courage and will that made the Summit a possibility, the outcome seems a little over-hyped.
Firstly, We cannot see any concrete and formal Peace Treaty to replace the Armistice signed at the culmination of the Korean War in 1953.
Secondly, the point on denuclearisation signed by the DPRK leader does not correspond to US’s long stated goal of ‘Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement’(CVID) of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. The agreement is unspecific and to some extent, vague.
Thirdly, what makes the agreement less believe-able further, is the fact that North Korea doesn’t seem to receive anything directly. Trump has offered “unspecified” security guarantees, which is another unspecific and vague point to add to the others.
Fourthly, at a time when the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is little abided by, expecting a power like North Korea to denuclearise is highly improbable.
Also, at a time when the ‘Logic Of Deterrence’ is preventing violence around the world, denuclearisation by North Korea is not something we should expect.
But while President Trump felt “honoured” at the meeting, praised Mr. Kim’s personality and intelligence, and believed that the two will “have a terrific relationship no doubt”, his warm approach to the meeting with the North Korean Dictator, needs to be examined in comparison to his attitude towards America’s close allies, Canada, France, Germany, etc lately at the G7 Summit
However, it was a great start if followed by a lasting process of reconciliation and world peace. The Summit was certainly a success if the motive is to be taken as more symbolic than practical.