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this is the w.'s life from donald trump the outcome of the summit meeting with kim jong il. the past does not have to define the future yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. and as history has proven over and over again adversaries can indeed become friends are stronger speaking after signing a joint agreement with the north korean leader to denuclearize the korean peninsula .
i feel great a welcome to the program donald trump and kim jong un have concluded their summers in singapore with a joint declaration pledging to denuclearize the korean peninsula the unprecedented meeting between u.s. president times north korean leader was a closely watched a fact only a few months ago the two men had been publicly insulting each other and threatening war today they appear to have put the past behind. it's the moment many doubted would happen u.s. president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong un signed a joint declaration which commits p.r. nyang to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula the highly anticipated summit in singapore hailed a success by the leaders. to speak here. today
we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind us were about to sign a historic document the world will see a major change in the view that. we have developed a very special bond show. people are going to be very impressed people are going to be very happy and we're going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world and. that problem nuclear weapons in the agreement north korea has pledged to dismantle its nuclear arsenal but critics say the declaration fails to provide concrete steps as to how that will be achieved and verified. and has reneged on such promises in the past. trump is confident that this time will be different he spoke of his special bond with kim and as with all friendships compromise must come from both sides directly
after the summit trump announced washington would cease its joint military drills with south korea. we will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money on a lesson until we see the the future negotiation is not going like it should. it's a move that's seen as a major concession by some but president trump headed back to washington proud of his achievements his team plans to begin working on the details of the declaration next week. i'm xandra nabhan husband the following of those talks from singapore welcome alexandra are you able to put more flesh on the fake books what appears to be a growing. well that the comments that was signed today promises a bold change but it's next detail that's something we have to stress here.
and so each of the four main points you talk about can be found in if we in previous agreements with north korea some of them even in a stronger way let's take the most important big key issue here when you clear ization and this paper one commits to work towards complete and you clear is the asian of north korea however we don't know what specific steps the north korean regime is going to take and so what is the timetable there we don't know how the us is going to verify that that is indeed happening president just said during the press conference that it's going to happen very soon and that he believes that kim jong un is really willing to give up his nuclear weapons stressed and that's what he's feeling his instinct is telling came
here so. taking all of that into account we really have to say that this document is very vague that it seems to be all talk about snow action. in amongst all the words of president did announce at least one apparently concrete concession. we'll be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money on lassen until we see that the future negotiation is not going along like it should i was on for a moment those military maneuvers have always bob of the north what did the usa get in return. well it's doesn't seem to stay are getting anything in return and the president talked about this point during the press conference and she sat at that this military
drills were very expensive anyway and provocative so that so ok to give them up and he also said that after signing this agreement on a promise to destroy. this test sites in north korea but we don't know. there will be any independent experts on the wrongs to collect evidence that this missile test site is really being destroyed and we have to keep in mind that before this summit in singapore the north korean plants to destroy a nuclear test site in the country and they even invited to join the list to witness these events but later u.s. secretary of state pompeo criticize they were no independent experts no inspectors to confirm that this site was really destroyed it.
was wonderful norman in singapore thank you. the world leaders have been praising the outcome of the summer's japan for example has long being exposed to the threats of north korean nuclear weapons is prime minister shinzo abbay. if. i don't know it i welcome both of us north korea summit as a step forward towards a comprehensive resolution of the issues surrounding north korea because it confirmed leader kim jong un's will to commit to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. south korea's president moon j.n. has also welcomed the agreement promising to write a new history with his country's northern neighbor it was full of praise for kim jong un's decision to go ahead with the summit and a statement released by his office president said leaving the dr days of war and
conflict behind we will writes a new chapter of peace and cooperation will be there together with north korea along the way let's get more reaction then from a south korea correspondent and jason strother in the so welcome jason the other south koreans also think they are leaving the dock days behind the people i spoke to today following the signing of the declaration at the end of the summit saying they do feel that this is perhaps the start of a better times some people i spoke with who were watching the summit unfold at a television on on a television inside of souls main train station said that they feel that this could lead to a sustainable peace on the peninsula maybe even denuclearization no one was expecting a breakthrough but this is a starting point then as for the military maneuver on the potential would say is that was a big one how is that being received. well one person i spoke to who. has
a lot of followers for his news commentary on twitter says that this was a completely unilateral decision that really caught him off guard and feels that south korea's conservatives who many of whom are former veterans of the korean military and have been fall against north korea during the korean war will be very unhappy with this decision and wants of the north china one a very likely how about if i think to react to it today is quite fake agreement right i think china has to be somewhat concerned that it might lose some of its influence in the region if the u.s. and north korea move too closely together china has always had the most dominance in the northern half of the korean peninsula economically politically security wise
you name it but now if it's north korea it's going to play the u.s. against china as it did let's say with the soviet union in china during the cold war and this would be very upsetting to beijing for certainly. you mentioned a little bit of this apparent move towards peace has not been a completely welcomed is that because there is still this trust gap between north and south. south koreans have been down this road many times before agreements very much like this have been made in the past only to fall apart but i do feel this the feeling here is more of a cautious optimism south koreans have a very good feeling right now about kim jong il and after he sent north korean athletes to participate in the punch on winter olympics earlier this year after two very successful summits with president moon jan many people here feel that kim
unlike his father and his grandfather. is a man is as a leader that his country can put more trust into jason strother and so fucking care. the big prize of all of this is the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula trysts finn is executive director of the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons a group was awarded the nobel peace prize last year welcome to d w i believe you're a heartbeat with today's declaration she could tell us why. well we are really welcoming the fact that these two leaders have chosen a diplomatic way to solve their their conflicts just a few months ago they were threatening to start a nuclear war starts a really beautiful thing but when it comes to the actual agreement or this document that they signed on there lots of you know for photographs it doesn't contain that
much actually there are no details and doesn't actually muster hasn't already being agreed on before there's still quite a wide gap between what the u.s. considers is the nuclearization of the korean peninsula and what north korea thinks is so i think we will still have to see what happens in the next steps america has said that it will cease military maneuvers in the south do you see that as positive . well if that means that south korea will more will no longer participate in nuclear weapons exercises the sample i think that's a really positive thing however we need to look at this as three in the international treaties that exists already this country just an agreement between two men that can change their mind at any time it has to be anchored international law we have international legal treaties that provides for denuclearization such as t.v. on the prohibition of nuclear weapons so what would you like to see happen next.
well we would really like to see that north or south korea jointly together to do nuke us the whole korean peninsula joins the treaty on the purpose of nuclear weapons and then of course we would like to see both the u.s. and north korea signed and ratified this. perhaps a test ban treaty i think that's a really crucial step and they also have to avoid legitimizing nuclear weapons one of the dangers to see with today's summit was really that it kind of the gym isis can really move us a nuclear armed you know leader and that's a pretty dangerous sign to show that nuclear weapons equals power and for states they do forgive me for our involvement forgive me for interrupting but we have an example the whole point of debate diplomacy is dealing with what is happening on the ground now so north korea has nuclear weapons the plan is to denuclearize i accept what you say about the difference in interpretation but that's just the facts of life the north has nuclear weapons this is a step along the road to ridding them of those.
now of course but we don't must not equate this with christine and that is a it's a good thing these so weapons of mass destruction inhumane illegal would violate the laws of war they're talking about mass murdering civilians with these weapons i mean that's really something to keep in mind and not see them as they're part of some special powerful club. it is a special power club again where but is this where we are in reality. if you look at the permanent members of the security council that that because they have these weapons so this is a step towards making at least one more country how not. well then the p five are not there because of their nuclear weapons that's not the part of the security council agreement but i think that we really have to stop
thinking this is something attractive because what we really doing then is in creating incentives for other countries to also develop nuclear weapons these purposes are inhumane they will cause catastrophic humanitarian consequences right i like chemical weapons biological weapons. bachus said fame for michael thank you so much for joining me to thank the benefits to the good that. they make the commitment. they find solutions. and stronger.