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Historic Trump-Kim summit but joint document a little disappointing

LONDON - Given the huge publicity hype and inflated expectations which accompanied the Singapore summit on Tuesday (June 12), it was inevitable that the joint text signed by United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be regarded as a letdown. The document says little that is either new or groundbreaking, apart from the inevitable references to the historic nature of the meeting.

Yet as President Trump hinted during his press conference at the end of the talks, some of the more interesting details discussed at the summit are yet to be revealed, and we may only discover their existence as time goes by. But they may provide an important clue as to whether the gathering was a success.


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