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US President Donald Trump (2nd R) as well as also North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) as well as also the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
The much anticipated agreement that will was signed between President Donald Trump as well as also North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday has drawn much hard-hitting criticism for not being sufficiently specific, especially on what denuclearization actually means.
A photo of the document, which Trump deemed “very comprehensive,” revealed that will North Korea will work toward “complete denuclearization,” among some other points that will the two leaders agreed on. however many experts expressed dismay as well as also disappointment at the accord.
Andrew Gilholm, director of North Asia analysis at Control Risks, called the statement “brief as well as also vague” as well as also said the item lacked any detail or brand new commitments.
“the item is usually likely to be criticized by many observers who object to Trump dealing with Kim without tangible North Korean commitments to real, rapid denuclearization, although such commitments were never a realistic expectation,” he told CNBC via email.
Meanwhile, Parag Khanna, a senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, told CNBC that will he didn’t think the declaration contained an actual definition around what denuclearization means, which suggested a convergence between the two sides.
Even before the agreement was signed, most experts believed that will denuclearization meant different things to both leaders. To Trump, that will would certainly mean no nuclear weapons in North Korea, while for Kim the item’s about having no U.S. troops in South Korea.
Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, said the agreement has “zero practical value.”
“The U.S. could have extracted serious concessions, however the item was not done. N.Korea will be emboldened as well as also the U.S. got nothing,” he tweeted.
Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at think tank Heritage Foundation, called the item “very disappointing.”