Jun 12, 2018

Go deeper: The 4 pillars of Trump and Kim’s “historic” document

Kim and Trump. Photo: Kevin Lim/The Strait Times via Getty Images

The big takeaway from the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a four-point document, signed by both leaders, committing their governments to the pursuit of peace.

The big picture: The deal's language around the process of denuclearization is vague, as North Korea wanted it to be. But experts say the short-term risk of military conflict between the two countries has dropped from "fire and fury" levels to nearly zero — a win for both sides, and the rest of the world.

1. New US-North Korea relations

The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

  • What it means: It's the broad declaration of peace experts were expecting would come out of the summit.
2. Lasting and stable peace

The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.

  • What it means: More specifically, Trump on Tuesday committed to ending joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises — a big concession to North Korea and a win for Beijing as well.
3. Denuclearization

Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

  • What it means: This follows North Korea's commitment to South Korea in April. It's not clear whether the leaders decided on a specific framework for denuclearization and verification.
4. Recovering POW/MIA

The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

  • What it means: Per Stars and Stripes, "Remains of an estimated 5,300 missing American service members are in North Korea and potentially recoverable."

Worth noting: The terms are strikingly similar to those of the June 1993 deal struck between then-President Clinton and Kim Jong Il, which North Korea eventually violated.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

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33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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