President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed Tuesday at a historic summit in Singapore to recover the remains of the USA military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War.
"We had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document", Kim said through a translator.
"The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining cold war legacy on Earth".
"Donald Trump placing his hand on Kim's back.[this] shows a bit of dominance", Manoj Vasudevan, a body language expert told BBC World News. North Korea also insists that the USA troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, a group that advocates on behalf of all veterans, had lobbied Trump ahead of the summit to address the POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) issue with Kim during their meeting.
When Perry negotiated with the North Koreans, they publicly sought economic benefits for their fragile economy.
"However we think that it is crucial to pursue various solutions for better dialogue".
North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.
"Today we had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator. According to North Korean media, the North Korean culture suggests the younger ones should arrive earlier as a mark of respect. Kim, despite his goofy smile and amusing haircut, is a monstrous figure at the helm of one of the world's most repressive nations, where thousands of citizens have been murdered, tortured, imprisoned or raped, and where roughly 18 million people don't get enough food, according to the United Nations. -South Korea drills has been North Korea's "standard demand" for decades.
The two leaders signed copies of the document, in Korean and English, at a signing ceremony to conclude their summit in Singapore - the first ever meeting of the North Korean and U.S. heads of state.
In reporting on Monday's summit in Singapore, the Washington Post noted that President Trump did not approach Kim Jong Un as a pariah, but showered him with respect.
Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, who served as a top US negotiator with Pyongyang before the last attempt at diplomacy broke down in 2009, was more optimistic.
After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into lunch at a long flower-bedecked table. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
"We've never given that in because it's been our right, and it means readiness for our troops", he said.
We firmly reject any false equivalency between North Korea's illegal nuclear and missile programs, which are enormously destabilizing and have been repeatedly condemned by the UN Security Council, and our long-standing joint activities with our allies, which are transparent and defensive in nature.