Singapore Summit Ushers in New Era Between US, North Korea

The Singapore summit has ushered in a new era between the U.S. and North Korea.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to begin the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Both signed a document during their meeting, the key to making this change a reality, for good.

While the process has started, the president says removing North Korea’s nuclear weapons will take a long time.

Experts believes North Korea has enough material for up to 30 nuclear weapons, with up to 100 sites spread throughout the country that inspectors want access to.

Melissa Hanham, with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, is an expert on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

She says warheads would reveal valuable information about the design and advancement of North Korea’s program.

“The number one thing that U.S. officials would want is to physically inspect a warhead. And then, you would have to search all the rest of North Korea to make sure there was nothing that they did not declare,” said Hanham.

The U.S. wants every nuclear weapon destroyed and the parts shipped to a lab in Tennessee.

That process alone could take up to 10 years.

This meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un has people across the country talking about what’s next and the impact of the agreement the two leaders just signed.

We spoke with a Central Michigan University political science professor about the meeting.

Dr. David Jesuit immediately drew a comparison between the meeting we saw Monday night and Ronald Regan’s meeting with the then Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time.

He simply labeled it as historic.

But now comes the hard part: ironing out the details of that agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

There are a lot of questions to be answered, including who pays for the denuclearization and how will it be verified.

Dr. Jesuit says best case scenario is the denuclearization becomes reality and the Korean Peninsula see’s reunification.

However he’s cautiously optimistic in that we could very quickly go back to square one and this deal could go south.

Dr. Jesuit says there’s also the question of what happens to U.S. troops in the area since President Trump promised to halt military exercises for the time being.

Regardless, Dr. Jesuit said what we saw play out truly has opened the door for remarkable change on the Korean Peninsula.