U.S. & North Korea agree to work toward denuclearization
President ends U.S.-South Korean annual war games
3:55 AM, Jun 12, 2018
6:21 AM, Jun 12, 2018
SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have signed a joint document in which they commit to working "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
The document signed by the leaders at their historic summit Tuesday also says they will join efforts "to build a lasting and stable peace regime" on the Korean Peninsula.
The White House has yet to release the document's text. But it was photographed by the news media during a signing ceremony.
The document lays out four broad commitments. It says the sides "commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity."
And it says they will commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
President Trump also announced the stoppage of U.S.-South Korean annual war games that have long been defended as defensive and vital by the allies.
Trump spoke to reporters after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday and essentially took the North Korean line on the military exercises, calling them "provocative."
The 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
Trump called the war games "tremendously expensive," suggested South Korea didn't contribute enough and said they would be "inappropriate" as the U.S. and North Korea negotiate a new relationship.
A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump's comments about the drills.
Seoul's presidential office told the Associated Press that it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments.