SEOUL – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called on Tuesday the historic summit held in Singapore between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a success and thanked the leaders for their courage and determination.
“I pay my high compliments for the courage and determination of the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim, not to settle for that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change,” said Moon a statement published by his office.
“The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth,” Moon added.
At the summit, the first to be held by sitting North Korean and US leaders, Trump and Kim signed a joint declaration in which they pledged to begin a new phase of relationships, seek lasting stable peace and to work for the total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
“Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation. We will be there together with North Korea along the way,” Moon said in the text, adding that it was just the beginning of the process towards peace and denuclearization of the peninsula.
However, Moon’s statement does not mention the surprise statement made by Trump at a press conference regarding the cancellation of the joint military maneuvers with South Korea, something that does not feature in the brief declaration which closed the summit.
A spokesperson for the South Korean presidential office merely stated that for the time being Seoul is trying to “find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks.”
Trump said that the suspension of the military drills “will save us a tremendous amount of money” and even called them provocative.
Trump made the announcement after Pyongyang recently condemned these exercises – which it considers a trial for invading its territory – and insisted that they went against what was agreed upon by the two Koreas during its historic April summit.