Trump and Kim meet in Singapore, pledge to work toward complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met face-to-face on Tuesday morning for their highly anticipated summit in Singapore - the first one between an incumbent U.S. President and a North Korean leader. 

According to media reports, Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization and a lasting ‘peace regime’ on the Korean Peninsula.

A photo of the document revealed that the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea committed to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

Furthermore, the United States and the DPRK pledged to join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK committed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Also, the United States and the DPRK committed to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The document also says that Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea, an apparent reference to the authoritarian government’s longstanding concern that the ultimate American goal is regime change in Pyongyang, CNBC reported.

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Many experts and political analysts have already expressed disappointment at the agreement.

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons - a civil society coalition that was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize - noted that North Korean leader did not explicitly agree to nuclear disarmament.