After five hours of talks on June 12th between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un, an agreement was made and a document was signed. The talks were expected to last much longer.
Announcements include the denuclearization of North Korea, the end of U.S. military exercises in South Korea and US-provided security assurances for North Korea.
Though no statements clarified if the US goal of the “verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea was accomplished, according to CNN. Previously in April, Kim had already pledged an agreement with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the Korean peninsula would denuclearize. Though Trump did say that denuclearization would be done as fast as feasibly possible.
For many people around the world, this summit is unimaginable. Kim had even compared this meeting as something out of a science-fiction movie.
Meanwhile, some would not be shy to call Kim a dictator. As leader of North Korea, he has been responsible for the deaths of many North Koreans and at least one American, Otto Warmbier who returned to the US from North Korea in a coma, dying days later.
When asked about Kim’s oppression strategies, Trump changed the subject and instead praised Kim’s skill as a leader who became Supreme Leader of North Korea at the age of 27 in 2011.
Back at the 2018 State of the Union address in January, Trump had said “no regime had oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea,” according to The Washington Post.
Trump and Kim shook hands at the summit and seemed to have created a relationship based on respect. Trump also said a bond had formed between the two leaders.
“We both want to do something. We both are going to do something, and we have developed a very special bond,” Trump said at the end of the monumental summit.
Kim Jong-un might even get invited to the White House. Now that would be a moment from science fiction.