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World leaders hail Trump-Kim summit, call for ‘full denuclearisation’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the outcome of the summit between President Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “historic event” that ended the last Cold War conflict.

“I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit”, Moon said in a statement. “The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on Earth,” he said.

Moon has made great efforts playing the role of mediator to bring the Cold War foes back to dialogue. He praised Trump and Kim for their “courage and determination” not to settle for “that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change”. He lionised Trump for achieving “a feat that no one else has ever delivered”, adding Kim would also be remembered as “a leader who made a historic moment by taking the first bold step toward the world”.

“Building upon the agreement reached today, we will take a new path going forward. “Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation. We will be there together with North Korea along the way”, he said.

Moon however cautioned that this was “just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead”. “But we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey. History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge,” he added. 

EU hails Trump-Kim talks as ‘crucial and necessary step’

The EU today praised the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “crucial and necessary step”, saying it indicated “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula could be achieved.

“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,” the EU’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. 

China urges ‘full denuclearisation’ as Kim-Trump meet

China also has praised the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as historic and called for “full denuclearisation” to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The fact that the two leaders “can sit together and have equal talks has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters.

“The crux of the peninsula nuclear issue is a security issue. The most important, difficult part of this security issue is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks,” Wang said. “Resolving the nuclear issue, on the one hand of course is denuclearisation, full denuclearisation.

At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea’s reasonable security concerns.” Beijing is Pyongyang’s sole major ally and main trading partner, but it has backed a slew of United Nations sanctions to punish the North over its nuclear and missile tests. Despite tensions, the Cold War-era allies have sought to mend ties recently, and Kim borrowed an Air China plane to travel to the landmark summit in Singapore.

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