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(3rd LD) (US-NK summit) Nations laud historic summit between Trump, Kim

All News 21:40 June 12, 2018

(ATTN: ADDS response from EU in last 5 paras)

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- China welcomed the outcome of the North Korea-United States summit held in Singapore on Tuesday, saying the leaders' joint declaration marked a milestone in bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Geng Shuang, a spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry, said Beijing wishes to play a constructive role to help implement the summit agreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"The international community has paid attention to the North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore. As Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, it is very important and positively meaningful that the leaders of the two countries held dialogue on an equal footing," Geng said during a regular press briefing.

"New history has been made, and China welcomes and supports it. This is also a goal that contains China's expectations and efforts."

He then expressed the wish that North Korea and the U.S. would remove obstacles, build mutual confidence and take substantial steps to attain denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"We wish all related countries join the efforts, and China will play its own constructive role," the spokesman said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also expressed support over the summit, saying the joint statement reflected Kim's willingness to seek the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Abe also vowed to expand cooperation with the international community, including Washington, Beijing, Seoul, and Moscow, to settle various agendas surrounding North Korea, especially the return of Japanese abductees in Pyongyang.

"I highly praise and appreciate President Trump for mentioning the issue of abduction (of Japaneses by North Korea) to Kim, which is an important issue for Japan," Abe told reporters.

Abe also said Tokyo will directly negotiate with Pyongyang to have Japanese abductees return home.

Welcoming the historic summit, Russia also expressed hope over the potential revitalization of six-party talks.

Speaking to Russia's TASS, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said he "welcomes the fact that an important step forward has been made" concerning the meeting between Trump and Kim.

Ryabkov also told TASS that Russia is willing to "make political, intellectual, practical and creative contributions" to various issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

The European Union also released a statement supporting the efforts made by Pyongyang and Washington.

"Today's summit meeting between the President of the United States of America and the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea reaffirms our strong conviction that diplomacy is the only way forward towards lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," the EU said in the statement.

The EU described the meeting as a "crucial and necessary step" for peace, also praising South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the latest positive development on the Korean Peninsula.

"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," it added.

The EU added it is willing to support other follow-up measures to bring "long-lasting peace" on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. President Trump (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walk together after summit talks at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on June 12, 2018, in this AFP photo. (Yonhap)


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