United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “an important milestone” toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Guterres offered UN help to achieve the goal of dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The summit that was held in Singapore is an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, Guterres said.
The Hollywood style video played by Trump made a dramatic pitch for the benefits of peace between the two Cold War-era rivals giving out the opportunities that come with an agreement to eradicate North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, a story about “two men, two leaders, and one destiny.”
Trump played the video in Korean to the North Korean leader. When asked about the video montage played ahead of the press conference, Trump said, “We had it made… I hope you liked it. I thought it was interesting enough to show… and I showed it to him (Kim) today towards the end of the meeting and I think he loved it”.
This is the historic first meeting between a US president and North Korean leader that began in Singapore. “We hope the summit will be a success and bring us a complete denuclearization, peace and a new era in relations between the two Koreas and the United States”, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said.
The EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini praised the meeting and said, “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”.
Donald Trump has agreed to suspend military exercises with ally South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from Kim Jong-un,. Trump added that the war games were expensive and “very provocative”.
“I welcome today’s Joint Statement of President Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim of the DPRK at the Singapore Summit which includes the DPRK’s commitment towards completes denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a statement.
Later, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement at the 4.3 m-long table, designed in 1939 by local craftsmen for the Supreme Court. The table is on loan to the US Embassy for the summit, and is usually on display on the Chief Justice’s chamber on the third floor of the Singapore National.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has issued a statement calling the Trump-Kim summit as “historic” and in a statement, Moon warns there may be “many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again”.
India today welcomed the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling it a positive development. “India welcomes the United States-DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Summit held in Singapore. This is a positive development. India has always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy,” the MEA said in a statement.
After their summit, Trump and Kim signed a “very comprehensive” document in Singapore. Before leaving, the US president said that the process of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula will begin very soon and the North Korean leader promised to leave the past behind.