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Thailand welcomes historic Korean summit

Apr 27. 2018
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Thailand on Friday joined the international community in welcoming the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in that could pave the way for the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

“The historic meeting reflects the continued concerted commitment and efforts by all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution of the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Thailand hopes that the outcome of this summit and further efforts, particularly the planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the near future, will pave the way for the eventual realisation of denuclearisation, “thereby helping to greatly enhance peace, stability and an atmosphere of cooperation in the region”.

Thailand stands ready to contribute towards these shared goals, according to the ministry statement.

Trump hailed the summit between the two Koreas, saying that “good things” are happening on the peninsula ahead of his own highly anticipated meeting with Kim Jong-un.

“After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” he tweeted.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the summit, urging Pyongyang to take “concrete action” on the peninsula’s denuclearisation and other issues.

“Today President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un held earnest discussions about North Korea’s denuclearisation. I want to welcome that as a positive move toward comprehensive resolution of various issues concerning North Korea,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo.

Russia praised the landmark summit as “very positive news”, saying direct dialogue on the divided peninsula was promising.

“This is very positive news,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told reporters after the leaders of North and South Korea held their historic meeting at the border separating the two countries.

“Today we see that this direct dialogue has taken place [and] it has certain prospects,” he said, praising the results of the talks.

“The will to seek agreement can be seen on both sides, including the most important thing – the will to begin and continue dialogue. That is a positive fact,” Peskov said.

China lauded the Korean leaders’ historic step and appreciated their political decisions and courage, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a press briefing.

“We hope and look forward to them taking this opportunity to further open a new journey of long-term stability on the peninsula.”

She also read a poem: “We remain brothers after all the vicissitudes; let’s forego our old grudges, smiling we meet again.”

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