Int'l community hails Kim-Trump landmark summit

Wednesday, 2018-06-13 06:53:04
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Leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the signing ceremony of a joint statement in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Photo:Xinhua/Ministry of Communication and Information of Singapore)
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Countries and associations around the world spoke highly of the landmark meeting between leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on Tuesday (June 12).

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tuesday welcomed the holding of the summit between the leaders of the DPRK and the US as an important milestone in advancing peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

In a statement through a UN spokesperson, Guterres said implementing Tuesday's agreements, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community.

In addition, he urged all concerned parties to seize this momentous opportunity and reiterated his readiness to fully support the ongoing process.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the joint statement signed by Kim and Trump was a crucial first move in the long journey toward lasting peace and stability on a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

He said Singapore was honored to have hosted the important summit, and "we join the international community in celebrating this outcome, and in wishing both the US and the DPRK success in implementing this agreement."

The Republic of Korea (RoK)'s President Moon Jae-in vowed on June 12 to write "new history" with DPRK, praising DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un's decision to hold a summit with the US in Singapore.

"Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation," Moon said in a statement released by his office.

China welcomes and supports the achievements of the meeting between the leaders of the DPRK and the US, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement Tuesday.

The statement said the meeting yielded positive achievements, which was important progress in promoting denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the political settlement process.

China highly appreciates the political decisions made by the leaders of the two countries, and applauds the efforts made by relevant parties to make the meeting a success, the statement said.

China will continue to dedicate itself to establishing a peace mechanism for the Korean peninsula, it said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the joint statement signed by President Donald Trump and DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a first step in the denuclearisation of DPRK.

"We see this as a step in a comprehensive resolution," Abe said in Tokyo.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on June 12 that the historic meeting of the leaders of the DPRK and the US is a step further toward an all-round political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issues.

For its part, Russia will continue to make active efforts to safeguard the political and diplomatic process around the Korean Peninsula, particularly exploring possibilities of multilateral consultations, the ultimate aim of restoring a peace and security mechanism that addresses concerns of all interested parties, the statement said.

The Philippine government on June 12 strongly commended all parties for their unremitting efforts and commitment that led to the realization of the summit.

The meeting "underscores the importance and value of dialogue and diplomacy in seeking resolutions to outstanding issues among all concerned parties," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

India said it hoped the talks between Kim and Trump will pave the way for a lasting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on June 12 that diplomacy is the only way forward toward a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"This summit was a crucial and necessary step to build upon the positive developments achieved in inter-Korean relations and on the peninsula so far," she said in a statement.

"The ultimate goal, shared by the entire international community and as expressed by the United Nations Security Council, remains the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the statement said.

Australia welcomed the outcomes from the historic summit and deemed it a step in the right direction.

"Australia will continue to work closely with our partners to coordinate actions in support of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a media release.

Kim and Trump signed a joint statement after their meeting. Trump committed to providing security guarantees to the DPRK, while Kim reaffirmed his commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders conducted a "comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions" on issues related to the establishment of a new DPRK-US relationship and building a lasting and robust peace regime on the peninsula, the joint statement said.