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Five Facts on the Singapore Summit

By No Labels
June 13, 2018 | Blog

On Tuesday, President Trump and Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met in a historic summit between the two nations. It was the first time that a North Korean leader had met with a sitting United States president.  Following the summit, the two leaders released a joint statement outlining several major goals and commitments for the two countries moving forward. While the statement was light on specifics, it could mark a first step toward normalizing relations between the two historical adversaries. Here are 5 facts about the Singapore Summit.


Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his willingness to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula

On April 27, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In met in Panmunjom, North Korea for a historic inter-Korean summit.  One of the most important results of this meeting was a joint statement that called for a formal end to the Korean War and the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In the Singapore meeting with President Trump, Kim once again affirmed his commitment to denuclearizing his country.


The United States and North Korea announced their intent to establish diplomatic relations, something that has not happened since North Korea’s formation in 1948

The United States and North Korea have never had formal diplomatic relations. Over the past seven decades, the United States has often relied on Sweden, which does have diplomatic relations with North Korea, to deliver important messages or negotiate on America’s behalf.  However, after Trump and Kim affirmed their commitment to establishing bilateral ties, there is renewed hope that relations between the two long-term enemies could improve.


President Trump agreed to stop conducting all “war games” with South Korea

President Trump agreed to immediately stop conducting any joint military exercises with South Korea.  These military simulations have been important to maintaining U.S. military readiness and reinforcing our alliance with South Korea but have long been perceived as a threat by the North Koreans.  President Trump stated that he was comfortable doing so because he thought it would give the United States a better chance of “a very comprehensive complete deal” with the North Koreans and that Kim Jong Un “very much appreciated the gesture.”


Both countries employed intense security measures to ensure the safety of their leaders

As Kim Jong Un prepared to depart for Singapore, North Korea sent numerous decoy planes to avert any attempted attacks on Kim’s delegation.  Upon arrival in Singapore, the North Korean leader traveled in an armored Mercedes that costs over $1.5 million, and reportedly brought his own food and portable toilet from North Korea.  Similarly, President Trump traveled in the presidential limo, nicknamed “The Beast,” which is designed to endure explosions and chemical attacks. Trump’s motorcade consisted of vehicles that were specially delivered for the meeting, as well as others provided by the host nation, Singapore.  Additionally, Singapore airspace was restricted for the entirety of the summit.


The meeting took place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island

Singapore was a logical location for the summit, as it is relatively close to North Korea and is widely recognized as a neutral country.  Additionally, the small island nation, located at the southern tip of Malaysia, has hosted other major events, like the 2009 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.  The selection of the Sentosa Island – located off Singapore’s south coast – allowed security officials to contain the area more efficiently and eliminate most external threats.

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