Polish FM: Trump-Kim summit adds to sense of global security

Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz in Belgrade PAP/Jacek Turczyk

A landmark summit between the presidents of the USA and North Korea, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un gives hope that one of the major global security problems will be resolved, Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said in Belgrade on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, met on Tuesday for a summit in Singapore. In a joint statement, Kim committed to efforts to "completely denuclearise" the Korean Peninsula, and Trump committed to granting the DPRK security guarantees. The exact nature of the guarantees were not specified and no concrete timetable was given for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear arsenal. Trump described the document as very important and comprehensive, while Kim said the world was seeing serious change.

Speaking of the summit at a press conference during a visit to the capital of Serbia, Czaputowicz pointed out that "from Poland's perspective this is a very important event of high international impact."

"I am glad that a meeting took place between the two presidents, (that) the forms of future actions were established, a declaration was adopted, aimed at the denuclearisation of North Korea, the Korean Peninsula, which will undoubtedly contribute to a better sense of security in the world," the head of Polish diplomacy said. At the same time, he expressed hope for the continuation of talks and for translating of the "framework agreement" into "concrete actions".

"We are assessing this summit very positively, like the majority of the international community, and we wish both presidents good luck in implementing the arrangements made, the Polish official stressed.

Foreign Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, who accompanied Czaputowicz at the press conference was also asked to assess the Trump-Kim summit.

"We are pleased to say this was a positive event and we wish that the agreement would result in the permanent repeal of the nuclear weapons threat and guarantee security in the whole region and in the world," the Serbian official said.

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