Nations praises historic summit between the leaders of two Koreas as positive step

Friday, 2018-04-27 17:19:08
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RoK President Moon Jae-in (R) and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un shake hands after signing a joint declaration on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018. (Photo:Yonhap)
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In the historic meeting on April 27, the Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in and the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un agreed to pursue a peace treaty and the denuclearization of the peninsula.

The summit, 11 years after a previous one, comes at a time of warming ties between the two sides following initiatives by both Seoul and Pyongyang and other related parties on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the summit "truly historic" and said he counted on both sides to build on their first meeting and swiftly implement all agreed actions and make "progress towards sustainable peace and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula."

"He looks forward to these gains being consolidated and advanced at the summit between the leaders of the United States and (the DPRK) expected to take place in the near future," a UN statement added.

China on April 27 applauded the political resolve and courage of the leaders of the DPRK and the RoK, wishing them positive results for their meeting. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing.

"We applaud the historic step the two leaders strode and compliment the political resolve and courage they have shown. We sincerely hope the meeting can yield positive results," she said.

"China calls for taking the opportunity of the historic meeting in Panmunjom to start a new era of lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula," Hua said.

The White House said that the summit between two Koreas is historic, and extended good wishes to the Korean people.

White House said that on the occasion of the inter-Korean meeting on April 27, the United States is "hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula."Washington appreciates the close coordination with RoK, and "looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks," said White House.

Trump is set to have his own meeting with Kim in May or early June to discuss the denuclearization of the regime. The Koreas' joint statement reaffirmed their stated goal of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization, but stopped short of specific steps to get there.

It also called for joint efforts with the US and possibly China -- signatories of the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War -- to turn the truce into a formal peace treaty.

From Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on April 27 Japan welcomed the summit between the leaders of two Koreas as a positive step and he strongly expected Pyongyang to take concrete steps towards to carry out its promises.

Japan would stay in close contact with the United States and RoK over DPRK, Abe said, adding that Japan was "absolutely not" being left out of the denuclearisation process.

The Kremlin on April 27 hailed a historic summit between the leaders of two Koreas as very positive news and said President Vladimir Putin had long advocated direct talks between the two countries.

When asked about the prospect of US President Donald Trump also meeting the DPRK leader, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Moscow welcomed any steps that would ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Britain's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, welcomed the positive developments but said DPRK must now honour its commitments and take concrete steps to denuclearize.

Vietnam congratulates and applauds efforts made by the RoK and the DPRK in successfully organising the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, said spokesperson of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang.

Hang made the remarks on the same day while answering reporters’ query regarding the organisation of the Inter-Korean Summit.

She said the meeting has significantly contributed to peace and stability in the region and the world at large, including the acceleration of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

“Vietnam believes that the RoK, the DPRK and concerned parties will step up efforts to promote dialogues and carry forward active outcomes they have recorded over the past time to lay a long-term foundation for peace, stability and development on the peninsula and the region, meeting aspirations of people of the two Koreas, and for the sake of the international community,” Hang said.

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