Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Trump-Kim summit: US analysts worried over lack of details from talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shaking hands at the start of their meeting at the hotel on Sentosa yesterday. The best outcome from the summit would be the start of a sustainable, longer-term diplomatic process, said Mr
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shaking hands at the start of their meeting at the hotel on Sentosa yesterday. The best outcome from the summit would be the start of a sustainable, longer-term diplomatic process, said Mr Mintaro Oba, a former US State Department official who has worked on North Korea policy. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Mr Kim and Mr Trump taking a walk in the courtyard of Capella Singapore hotel yesterday. Analysts noted that the US-North Korea declaration mentioned denuclearisation, but not the US demand of “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation
Mr Kim and Mr Trump taking a walk in the courtyard of Capella Singapore hotel yesterday. Analysts noted that the US-North Korea declaration mentioned denuclearisation, but not the US demand of “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”. Mr Trump’s decision to scrap “war games” – longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea – was also seen as a major concession to Pyongyang. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Joint declaration mentions denuclearisation, but language only reaffirms past agreements

US-based experts with long experience of negotiating with or studying North Korea remain sceptical of the US-North Korea declaration signed in Singapore yesterday.

The document mentioned de-nuclearisation, but not the US demand of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" (CVID). The language only reaffirmed previous agreements and, in some cases, was milder. And President Donald Trump's decision to scrap "war games" - longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea - was seen as a major concession to Pyongyang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'US analysts worried over lack of details from talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe