Cayetano: PH hopes for denuclearization, peace from Trump-Kim summit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 12) — The Philippines lauded the historic meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, with the country's top diplomat expressing hopes that the dialogue will lead to lasting peace and stability in the region.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said while there are many challenges that remain, the first ever face-to-face meeting between the two leaders undescores the value of dialogue and diplomacy in seeking resolution to outstanding issues.

"We strongly commend all parties for their unremitting efforts and commitment that led to the realization of this historic meeting," he said.

He added, "The Philippines hopes that the precedent set today will provide impetus to further concrete actions towards the goals of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the establishment of lasting peace, stability and security in the region."

 

Trump and Kim met in Singapore Tuesday, where the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) committed to work to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, among other agreements.<<TO LINK: http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2018/06/12/Full-text-Doanld-Trump-Kim-Jong-Un-signed-statement-Singapore-summit-denuclearization.html>>

 

The 48-minute meeting between Trump and Kim was closely watched. A CNN report called it an "extraordinary display of diplomacy."<<TO LINK: http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2018/06/12/U.S.-Donald-Trump-North-Korea-Kim-Jong-Un-Singapore-summit.html>>

 

In his statement, Cayetano recognized there were still may hurdles to be overcome in order to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, but the summit  "underscores the importance and value of dialogue and diplomacy in seeking resolution to outstanding issues among all concerned parties."

 

He said the Philippines is ready to do its part to attain the goals.