World hails the summit as positive development
India has welcomed the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “positive development” and expressed hope that any resolution to the “peninsula” issue will address New Delhi’s concerns about Pyongyang’s proliferation linkages with India’s neighborhood, a clear reference to Pakistan.
A statement issued by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday said, “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.We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.”
It further said, “We also hope that the resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue will take into account and address our concerns about proliferation linkages extending to India’s neighborhood.”
Meanwhile China, Russia, Japan and South Korea also reacted positively to the historic summit, with Beijing suggesting sanctions relief for Pyongyang in light of the new diplomatic developments.
Speaking following the summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman GengShuang suggested that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea with the new agreements.
He was addressing the journalists in a daily briefing in Beijing. He said, “The UN Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions.”
Geng also reaffirmed that Beijing has always abode by all UN resolutions on North Korea, stressing China’s “obligation to play its deserved role in the progress of shifting to a non-nuclear peninsula.”
“China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves. The Security Council’s actions should support and conform to the efforts of current diplomatic talks towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and promote a political solution for the peninsula,” he added.
Moreover, Russia gave a positive assessment of the deal between the US and North Korean leaders, noting, however, that “the devil is in the detail.”
In its report on Tuesday afternoon, Russia’s official TASS news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying that Moscow is ready to assist in implementing the agreement and hopes settling the nuclear crisis will unblock normal economic cooperation.
According to Seoul’s official news agency Yonhap, South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the outcome, calling it a historic event that will end the last remaining conflict of the Cold War and write a new history of peace and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.
Moreover, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the document signed by North Korea’s leader as a “first step” towards denuclearization.
He was quoted by reporters saying, “Through this US-North Korea summit, Chairman Kim Jong-un’s intent for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was confirmed in writing. I support this as a first step to the comprehensive resolution of issues concerning North Korea.”
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a “very comprehensive” document after their summit in Singapore on Tuesday. After the talks, 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.
“We’re signing a very comprehensive document, and we’ve had a really great time together, a great relationship,” Trump said while signing the document along with Kim at the end of the summit – the first between a sitting US president and North Korea’s top leader.
The document signed by the two leaders promised a new relationship between the nations and pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and Trump, in exchange, agreed to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea.