Trump and Kim’s predecessors tried in 1994 and again under George W. Bush which failed to yield lasting results.
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After all the hype, all the vows to tackle what's perhaps the world's most urgent crisis, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fell short of the kind of deal the U.S. president himself has long said is needed to settle the North's decades-long pursuit of nuclear weapons. For months, Trump has been railing against presidents past, accusing them of an inexcusable failure to solve the nuclear threat emanating from the North. In the document, signed with great fanfare by Trump and Kim in Singapore, Kim committed to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".That's especially striking after last year's exchange of threats and insults between Trump and Kim, just as North Korea's torrid weapons testing had many fearing a renewal of the Korean War.There was irony in the fact Trump and Kim made direct reference in their agreement to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration between Moon and Kim, with its weak, reheated commitment to denuclearization that lacked specifics at how the rivals would get there. George W. Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed amid suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program.
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