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Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, held a summit meeting with US President Donald Trump, at Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12, 2018, for the first time in the history of the two countries.
The meeting and talks were held in the context of putting an end to the extremely hostile relations between the DPRK and the US, and of opening up a new future favouring the peoples of both countries as well as global peace and security.
Noting that it had not been easy to get to where they were, Kim Jong Un said that they had overcome a past of prejudice and wrong practice to achieve this summit and stand at a new starting point.
The two leaders discussed the practical issues involved in putting an end to the decades-long hostile relations between the DPRK and the US and in ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. There followed a comprehensive and in-depth discussion over the issues of establishing new DPRK-US relations and building a permanent and durable peace mechanism.
Noting that many problems had occurred due to deep-rooted distrust and hostility existing between the two countries, Kim Jong Un said that in order to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realise its denuclearisation, the two countries with mutual understanding should commit themselves to refraining from antagonising each other and should take legal and institutional steps to guarantee this.
He also underlined the need for the DPRK and the US to take practical measures at an early date to actively implement the issues discussed at the talks and included in the joint statement.
Kim Jong Un immediately agreed to Trump's proposal for recovering the remains of American soldiers and repatriating those already identified and gave instructions for measures to be taken to carry this out as soon as possible.
Noting that the building of lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula is of weighty significance in ensuring peace and security in the region and the rest of the world, he said that it is urgent to make bold decisions on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other.
Trump for his part expressed his intention to halt the US-south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as a provocation, over a period consisting of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US. The US would offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with improving mutual relations through dialogue and negotiation.
Kim Jong Un clarified the stand that if the US side takes genuine measures for building trust in order to improve DPRK-US relation, the DPRK, too, can continue to take additional good-will measures commensurate with them.
Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump expressed the expectation and belief that the two countries which have lived in a quagmire of hostility, distrust and hatred would put that unhappy past behind them and dynamically advance toward an excellent and proud future beneficial to each other and that a new era, an era of DPRK-US co-operation, would open up.
Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the US. The two leaders accepted each other's invitations, which would serve as important occasions for improved DPRK-US relations.
The DPRK-US summit talks held in Singapore have been welcomed by all throughout the world who fervently wish for a permanent and lasting peace agreement between the US and the DPRK as well as the Republic of Korea. It is an imperative of the times that all should appraise what can be done to contribute to reconciliation, peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, and consign Cold War hostility to history.
(Pyongyang, June 13, KCNA)
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un (left) and President Moon Jae-in (right)
Please attend and mobilise for this important public meeting being held in the context of the critical and momentous developments for peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula. Support the right of the Korean people to self-determination, independence and peace!
Marx Memorial Library
37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 2.30 pm
The meeting is being held with the participation of a representative of the Embassy of the DPR of Korea in London. Speakers will include representatives of the participating organisations of Friends of Korea, which is an organisation uniting organisations and individuals in Britain working for friendship and understanding with the Korean people. The meeting aims to provide information on the factors favouring reunification and peace on the Korean Peninsula and provide opportunity for questions and discussion.
Hosted by Friends of Korea (Britain)