Panmunjom Monitor

Beginning with the Panmunjom Summit on April 27, 2018 between Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, and Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, a series of meetings have been held between Moon and Kim as well as between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. 

The Panmunjom Monitor provides a chronology of developments following each of the meetings. 

April 27, 2018

At their meeting in Panmunjom, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un announced their “common goal” of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the clearest such commitment ever agreed to by the two nations. In addition, they vowed to bring the Korean War to an end.

May 26, 2018
Panmunjom, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met again at Panmunjom, this time on the North Korean side in the Inter-Korean Peace House.

June 12, 2018
Singapore Summit

At their meeting in Singapore, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un:

  1. Agreed to commit to establishing new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. Agreed to join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirmed the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
  4. Agreed to commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

September 18-20, 2018

(including the Agreement on the Implementation of the Historic Panmunjom Declaration in the Military Domain)
Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un pledged to improve the inter-Korean relationship, accelerate U.S.-North Korean dialogue on denuclearization, and ease military tensions between the South and the North.

February 27-28, 2019
Hanoi, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Meetings end prematurely with the cancellation of a scheduled lunch and joint statement ceremony.

June 30, 2019
In their meeting in Panmunjom, during which Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit North Korea, Donald Trump said he and Kim Jong Un had agreed to designate negotiators to resume talks in the next few weeks.

October 6, 2019
The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and North Korea aimed at breaking the logjam over dismantling the North’s nuclear program broke down only hours after they began. This led to a period of complete silence between United States and North Korean officials.