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It may not be perfect, but South Koreans optimistic about Trump-Kim agreement

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13.06.2018

AS the world pulls apart the small print and draws its pessimistic conclusions of the Trump-Kim agreement signed at Tuesday’s historic summit, the people who seem the most optimistic about the meeting are those with possibly the most to lose – South Koreans.

While pundits across the globe have criticised the vague wording and lack of any concrete commitments in the so-called Sentosa Agreement, the South Korean who were in Singapore at the time had a different take. Most could only take relief and encouragement from the seemingly affable connection between these most unpredictable of leaders.

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“It is vague and there’s not a lot of detail but we still think it’s a significant improvement in the relationship between the two sides,” South Korean reporter Lee Ji-won told Asian Correspondent.

“People are optimistic and happy about yesterday. Everyone is happy about it, not satisfied with everything, but we are looking forward to whatever is going to come in the future.”

US President Donald Trump has a brief conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Source: Kevin Lim/Straits Times

For commentators, the devil is in the detail with the Trump agreement. However, for South Koreans who have been living under the threat of North Korea for decades, anything short of a complete disaster is encouraging and a step in the right direction. Far from being just about America and North Korea, yesterday was another sign that peace for the........

© Asian Correspondent