If summit held on next week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump favors for a peace, declaration formally ending the Korean War as was suggested, then it would give the U.S. president a big headline worldwide. The summit is planned to be held at the Sentosa Island, Singapore.
Trump and Kim will sit next to each other for the first time at the Capella Hotel situated on the Sentosa Island.
After meeting held at a top North Korean envoy on Friday, Trump seems to back away from his demand for Pyongyang’s swift, complete denuclearization. He also suggested that the most tangible outcome of the unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore could be the “signing of a document” to bring the technical state of hostilities to an end – 65 years after the Korean conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
If North Korea does not set of ground on nuclear issues, it could also give Pyongyang a stronger platform to press for a halt to joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, as well as the with a removal of U.S. forces from the South.
“A peace treaty would be a major accomplishment,” replied one U.S. official involved in summit preparations. “But whether it would also be the start of eliminating the dangers North Korea poses to its neighbors with its weapons programs and to others with its exports of weapons and technology is far from certain.”
Evans Revere, a former U.S. negotiator with North Korea, said: “any kind of joint peace declaration at this stage – when Pyongyang has shown no real willingness to give up its nuclear programme – would be premature”. he also added, “Among the many traps that the U.S. president might fall into in Singapore, this would be a powerfully significant one”.
Trump’s effort likely to appear a worthy goal and in line with South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s recent agreement along with Kim, to seek an end to the conflict between the Koreas. The idea of a peace deal may also appeal to Trump because it would allow him to claim an achievement as no other president has. Supporters hope that he could win a Nobel Peace Prize also for it.
U.S. officials have welcomed Kim’s recent announcement of a suspension of long-range missile tests and the closing of his nuclear bomb test site but say these steps are reversible.