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Message from The White House, June 12, 2018
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President Donald J. Trump has departed Singapore and will arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Hawaii later today.
‘Complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’
Overnight, President Trump led a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “We had a tremendous 24 hours. We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while,” President Trump said. “I want to thank Chairman Kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people.”
The two leaders signed a joint statement that outlines such a future. Here is the key phrase: “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The statement also commits to reestablishing U.S.–North Korean relations. “Nearly 70 years ago . . . an extremely bloody conflict ravaged the Korean Peninsula,” President Trump said. “Yet, while the armistice was agreed to, the war never ended. To this day, never ended. But now we can all have hope that it will soon end. And it will. It will soon end.”
“Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people,” the President continued. “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”
See the joint statement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Watch: President Trump meets Chairman Kim for their historic summit.