The just ended summit between US President Donald Trump and North Koran leader Kim Jong Un has continued to generate mixed reactions across the world.
The summit which saw the US pledge its commitment to providing security guarantees to its old enemy while North Korea “commits to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” has elicited an uncertain reaction from Seoul, South Korea.
Authorities in Seoul are uncertain especially over remarks made by Trump 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.
Moves to end war game in the Korean Peninsula was also praised by Russia’s Foreign Ministry which said it was necessary to stop provocative actions to ease tensions in the area.
“Of course the devil is in the detail (referring to Trump), and we have yet to delve into specifics. But the impulse, as far as we understand, has been given,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
Shinzo Abe Japan’s Prime Minister also welcomed the agreement as a “first step” towards denuclearisation but said more needed to be done.
“I want to hear the details by phone (from Trump). I will continue aiming to resolve concerns such as the abduction, nuclear and missile issues,” Abe said.
North Korea’s biggest ally, China has responded to the meeting between the two leaders with the suggestion that sanctions against Pyongyang could be lifted.
“The UN Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.
The meeting between Trump and Kim also saw both countries commit to pursuing better bilateral relations.
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