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Singapore summit: Kim commits to ‘complete denuclearisation’ of N.Korea, Trump promises security

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Singapore, June 12: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday signed a “historic” and  “comprehensive” document. 

After Signing the document, Kim said: “We have decided to let go the past & now the world will see a major change”.

Addressing the media, Trump said North Korea’s denuclearisation process will be starting “very quickly.” “We’re very proud of what happened today. Our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula will be a much different situation than it has in the past,” he stated, reported BBC.

The US President also invited Kim Jong Un to the White House.

When asked if he and North Korean leader will meet again in the future, Trump said ‘We’ll meet again & we’ll met many times’,

Earlier in a day, both the leaders held a one-on-one meeting. Following the talks, the US President stated it was ‘very, very good’ and they have an ‘excellent relationship’.

In a carefully choreographed encounter at around 9 a.m., Trump and Kim strode towards each other, arms extended, in the red-carpeted reception area of the grand Capella Hotel, in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, reports The New York Times.

This is the first time a sitting American President and North Korean leader have called on.

The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between Trump and Kim Jong, who were engaged in words of wars till last year.

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Key points of the ‘comprehensive’ document 

  • The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  • The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
  • The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

-Reuters

Kim commits to ‘complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula’ in the joint text

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commits to ‘complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula’ in a joint text.

Trump Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing ‘comprehensive document’

The world will see a change: Kim Jong-un

We have decided to let go the past and now the world will see a major change, said Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea’s denuclearisation process to begin ‘very quickly’ : Trump

Addressing the media, Trump said North Korea’s denuclearisation process will be starting “very quickly.” “We’re very proud of what happened today. Our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula will be a much different situation than it has in the past,” he stated, reported BBC.

Historic ‘comprehensive document’ signed between US and North Korea

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed ‘comprehensive ‘ document.

Positive progress, says Donald Trump after bilateral talks with Kim 

US President Donald Trump after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said ” better than anyone would have ever expected.

Entire world is watching this moment: Kim 

Speaking at Singapore Summit, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un stated “I think the entire world is watching this moment. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy, science-fiction movie”.

Trump, Kim walks together

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a walk around the Capella Hotel.

This was followed by a one-on-one meeting, an expanded bilateral meeting and a working lunch.

Trump, Kim’s historic shake hand 

US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and welcomed the beginning of a “terrific relationship”.

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Nepal, China sign 8 deals worth $2.24bn

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Beijing, June 20: Nepal and China on Wednesday signed eight agreements worth $2.4 billion on the second day of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit.

These agreements were reached between the two governments and private sectors where Chinese investors will put money on developing hydroelectricity, water resources, cement factories and fruit cultivation and farming.

The signing ceremony took place at the Nepal Embassy here.

Additional memorandum of understandings will be signed on Thursday after delegation-level talks between Oli and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

Oli, who arrived here on Monday on his five-day-visit, will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

This is Oli’s first official visit to China after returning to power in February and second foreign trip after India.

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US withdraws from ‘biased’ UN Human Rights Council

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Washington, June 20: The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday. 

The US envoy Nikki Haley told the UN, the body is “hypocritical and self-serving” and “makes a mockery of human rights”.

Last year, Haley accused the council of “chronic anti-Israel bias” and said America was reviewing its membership, a BBC report said.

Constituted in 2006, the council invited flak for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

Following this United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the Donald Trump’s administration decision.

“The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,” reported Xinhua news agency quoting spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying in a note to correspondents.

“The UN’s human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide,” the note said.

The move comes amid sharp criticism over the Trump administration’s policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad has called the policy “unconscionable”.

Haley announced the US’s intention to exit the council at a joint news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

She described the council a “cesspool of political bias”, but stressed: “I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments.”

Last year, she told the council it was “hard to accept” that resolutions had been passed against Israel yet none had been considered for Venezuela, which at the time witnessed the killing of dozens of protesters during political turmoil.

Israel is the only nation that is subject to a permanent standing agenda item, meaning its treatment of the Palestinians is scrutinised at a regular basis.

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UN chief regrets as US exits ‘biased’ Human Rights Council

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United Nations, June 20: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), said his spokesman on Tuesday.

“The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,” reported Xinhua news agency quoting spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying in a note to correspondents.

“The UN’s human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide,” the note read.

Earlier, announcing the country’s withdrawal from the UNHRC, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley described the body as “hypocritical and self-serving” and one that “makes a mockery of human rights”.

According to a BBC report, Haley last year accused the council of “chronic anti-Israel bias” and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Formed in 2006, the council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

The move comes amid intense criticism over the Trump administration’s policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

UN human rights chief Zeid bin Ra’ad has called the policy “unconscionable”.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch also condemned separation of families, and called President Trump’s human rights policy “one-dimensional”.

Reacting to the US’ exit from the global rights body, Ra’ad said in Geneva that the US withdrawal is “disappointing, if not really surprising.”

“Given the state of human rights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back,” Zeid said.

Haley announced the US intention to quit the council at a joint news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

She called the council a “cesspool of political bias”, but stressed: “I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments.”

Last year, she told the Council it was “hard to accept” that resolutions had been passed against Israel yet none had been considered for Venezuela, which at the time saw dozens of protesters killed during political turmoil.

Israel is the only country that is subject to a permanent standing agenda item, meaning its treatment of the Palestinians is regularly scrutinised.

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