While President Trump might be correct that his threat to rain "fire and fury" on the Korean Peninsula helped get Kim to the table (and perhaps persuaded Xi to cajole him there), the opportunity to convert that leverage into real denuclearization has been squandered.
The document indicates the leaders will work toward establishment of "new US-Democratic People's Rrepublic of Korea relations".
He also said he'd like to remove all 28,500 USA troops stationed in the South, although he made clear this was an option for the future, not a part of current negotiations.
"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said.
"Overall, the Trump-Kim declaration appears weaker than the 1992 inter-Korean agreement, (former president Bill) Clinton's 2000 communique, and the Six-Party Talks statements of 2005 and 2007".
Yes. During his news conference, Trump said joint military exercises with the South Korean military - typically a show of strength toward Pyongyang - would end immediately, a decision that took Seoul by complete surprise.
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The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Tuesday that it had received "no updated guidance" yet related to the regular exercises with South Korea that President Donald Trump said he will stop.
But it's unclear if or when United States sanctions against North Korea could be lifted.
Meanwhile at the Pentagon, officials ducked in and out of meetings to discuss what would amount to an epic shift in how the USA military has been postured in South Korea for decades.
In April, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had held a historic summit to bring lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula. In turn, Washington committed to provide security guarantees for North Korea, though the joint statement was light on specifics. The Singapore summit proved a landmark victory for both.
But if negotiations hold and the Korean peninsula moves toward peace and reconciliation, the USA will slowly lose one of its most critical security footholds in Asia. "I think we just need to continue to be concerned about whether or not North Korea is going to stand by its word".
But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on US and South Korean military readiness.
Although this was not the focus of the summit between the two leaders, it is one of the four key points agreed to by Kim and Trump.
Iizuka, chairman of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, said: "I want [the government] to obtain a promise from North Korea that Japanese abduction victims are returned". Trump said he has no plans to decrease the number of USA troops in the South as part of security assurances for the North, but he left open the possibility that he will do so in the future.