Trump-Kim summit: A Breakthrough in US-NK relation


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“In a joint declaration on Tuesday, the United States committed to provide security guarantees to its old enemy North Korea.” 

 

 

SINGAPORE:  The North Korea-US summit held in Singapore’s Sentosa Island on Tuesday, resulted in the signing of a “comprehensive document” pledging, a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and in return the later will end its military exercise with the South Korea.  The two leaders created history by shaking hands with each other and signaling the world that they are coming together for the first time in more than half a century of their countries.

US President Donald Trump in his usual manner spoke to the media for almost an hour in an extraordinary media conference. He was confident of a breakthrough in US-NK relations, but hedged his bets somewhat and placed much of the onus on his counterpart’s shoulders. He was also impressed with his counterpart, Kim Jong-un’s decision of destroying a nuclear missile testing site.

“I think he’ll do it. I really believe that — otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this … It was really the engine-testing site in addition to all of the other things that they’ve agreed to do,” he said.

 

‘Global leaders reaction’

This historic meeting was being watched by the entire world with much anticipation. The two have been bitter rivals since the end of fighting in the Korean War in 1953, which divided the Korean Peninsula into the North and the South. While on one hand, South Korea got into a powerful alliance with America, the North, under Communist influence, became a strong ally of the USSR.

South Korea: Washington has been South Korea’s biggest ally and arms supplier. The reaction from Seoul was one of uncertainty, especially over remarks made by the US president during the summit in which he said he would put an end to joint military exercises with the South Koreans.

“At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks,” a spokesman for the South Korean presidential office said.

Russia: Russia praised Mr. Trump’s move to end war games with South Korea, saying it was necessary to stop provocative actions to ease tensions on the peninsula.

China: North Korea’s biggest ally, China responded to the meeting, by suggesting the two nations that the sanctions against Pyongyang could be lifted.

United Nations: The United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, called on the international community to offer support on carrying out the agreement on steps towards denuclearisation between the United States and North Korea.

“Implementing today’s and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

 

‘India welcomes the United States-DPRK Summit’

Through many years of conflict between the two countries, India has had a rather curious relationship with North Korea. After the Second World War, when the world split into two with supporters on either the side of America or that of the Soviet Union, India declared its stance of non-alignment. However, it never interfered in the military operations of either of the countries, but it did provide humanitarian aid to North Korea during the war.

Like other countries, India too welcomed the meeting of the two nations.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday read:

“India welcomes the United States-DPRK 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.

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.


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