​Vietnam welcomes DPRK-US summit outcomes

Vietnam supports all efforts toward denuclearization, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula

Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam welcomes and holds in high regard the outcomes of Tuesday’s historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing in Hanoi the same day.

Hang stressed Vietnam’s persistent stance on supporting “denuclearization, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula” and the resolution of all issues by peaceful measures and in accordance with international law.

“We hope that the implementation of agreements reached at the DPRK-U.S. summit will bring about positive results and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in Northeast Asia and the world,” Hang told reporters.

President Trump and Chairman Kim met at 9:00 am on June 12 (local time) at the Capella Hotel on Santosa Island in Singapore, marking the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two countries.

The leaders signed a joint statement after their talks in which Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” without giving further details, according to international media.

DPRK is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

Trump in return said he expected the denuclearization process to start “very, very quickly,” as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials are expected to hold follow-up negotiations “at the earliest possible date,” according to a statement.

The two sides also agreed to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and of those missing in action and repatriating them.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are reported to have accepted invitations to visit their respective countries, according to North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA.

“Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the U.S.,” it said.

“The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-U.S. relations.”

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