US-North Korea Summit to Help Achieve Denuclearization: UN Chief

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded their meeting in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo: White House
Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded their meeting in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo: White House

The U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday.

They signed a statement covering issues that included a pledge from North Korea to complete the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and end its nuclear weapons programme.

In a statement issued by his Spokesman, UN chief António Guterres urged the parties “to seize this momentous opportunity”.

For the Secretary-General, the summit was “an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.”

“I want to thank Chairman Kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people. Our unprecedented meeting – the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea – proves that real change is possible!,” Trump said Tuesday.

“The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!” Trump added in a tweet.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also welcomed the outcome of the talks that took place over the course of several hours in Singapore, which was the first time that a sitting U.S. President had sat down face-to-face, with a leader of North Korea.


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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the agency stands ready to undertake any nuclear verification activities in North Korea, if requested.

Last September, the IAEA established a team in its Department of Safeguards to enhance its ability to monitor the country’s nuclear programme.

At the time, Pyongyang had just launched its sixth and largest nuclear test since it began its programme, in 2006.

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