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Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting: How the world reacted


US President Donald Trump has said he will meet the North Korean leader by the end of May. South Korea said the meeting would put denuclearization "on track," while China warned things would "not be smooth sailing.

"International leaders struck notes of praise and caution following Thursdays announcement that US President Donald Trump had agreed to an unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Relations between both countries had fallen to new lows at the end of 2017 following a string of North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests. 

The world reactions
South Korea: President Moon Jae-in said: "The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone that realized peace on the Korean Peninsula," adding: "If President Trump and Chairman Kim meet following an inter-Korean summit, complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will be put on the right track in earnest." 

Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he welcomed the summit annoucement, but added: "Japan and the United States will not waver in its firm stance that they will continue to put maximum pressure until North Korea takes concrete action towards the complete, verifiable and irreversible end to nuclear missile development." 

China: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said both sides should meet as son as possible. He warned that discussions would "not be smooth sailing." 

Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the meeting was a "a step in the right direction" and that "we do hope that this meeting is going to take place."

European Union: Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters: "We believe President Trumps readiness to accept Kim Jong Uns invitation to a summit meeting by May also represents a positive development."

Britain: UK Prime Minister Theresa May greeted the announcement, but added: "We will continue to work closely with the U.S, South Korea and the international community to ensure that pressure on North Korea continues and sanctions are strictly enforced until Kim Jong Un matches his words with concrete actions."

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Source: Deutsche Welle

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