Tuesday, June 12, 2018



Less than one year after threatening each other with nuclear war, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will meet for the first time to discuss possible denuclearization of the hermit kingdom. While Trump expressed his willingness to invite Kim to the White House, the latter committed to 'complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula' in the joint document signed between the two countries on Tuesday, 12 June,2018.  India and the European Union have hailed the talks between Trump and Kim as a ‘positive development’

The 41-minute-long, one-on-one summit ended with Donald Trump asserting that US and North Korea have an “excellent relationship” “We have decided to let go of the past and now the world will see a major change,” said Kim Jong Un after the summit

Around Asia and the world, many have welcomed the flurry of diplomacy in recent months between the two adversaries, after a year of mounting tension, threats and name-calling. Hopes for peace on the long-divided Korean Peninsula, however, remain tempered by the many failed attempts in the past.“The United States and North Korea have been in a state of antagonism for more than half a century,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. “Today, that the two countries’ highest leaders can sit together and have equal talks, has important and positive meaning, and is creating a new history.”

India welcomed the US-DPRK Summit held in Singapore today. "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. 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 neighbourhood," the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Kim’s written commitment to complete denuclearization in an agreement signed with Trump at the end of their meeting in Singapore.

 Prof. John Kurakar

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