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Trump and Kim offer just a glimpse into promised 'new history'

US must tread carefully to avoid giving up too much for too little

Trump, right, must ensure that Kim does not lead him away from the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.   © Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set aside the decades of enmity between their countries for a historic summit Tuesday, but a treacherous path remains before Pyongyang's denuclearization can ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and bring peace in Northeast Asia.

The meeting took place in Singapore after numerous diplomatic twists and turns. That the two leaders agreed to resolve the nuclear issue through dialogue is a welcome development. In a joint statement, Trump promised "security guarantees" while Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

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