UN welcomes second Trump-Kim summit

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United Nations, Feb 27 (IANS) UN welcomes the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong-un, a UN spokesperson said.

“We very much welcome this dialogue between the leaders of the US and North Korea,” Xinhua quoted Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying during a regular press briefing on Tuesday.

Guterres in his January press briefing said it was high time to make sure that negotiations between the US and North Korea start again seriously and that a road map is clearly defined for denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, Dujarric recalled.

But the spokesperson said he did not want to “predict or project what the outcomes of this summit will be,” but would react to it, “depending on what it said.”

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Trump and Kim are set to meet in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for their second summit. They are expected to meet first on Wednesday night and have dinner together, and then hold discussion on Thursday joined by their respective delegates.

Issues such as a roadmap for denuclearisation, the easing of sanctions against the DPRK and whether to issue a war-ending declaration are expected to be high on the agenda.

The first US-North Korea summit, held in June 2018 in Singapore, resulted in improved bilateral ties. In a joint statement signed after their meeting, Trump pledged to provide security guarantees to North Korea while Kim reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to a complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

–IANS

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