Britain has welcomed the “constructive” tone of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but cautioned that “much work” remains to be done to resolve tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Mr Kim’s commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula amounted to a reaffirmation of promises in the Panmunjon Declaration agreed with South Korea in April.
Mr Johnson said the UK would continue to support the US in its efforts to achieve “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearisation in an area which has been the scene of one of the world’s most tense military stand-offs.
Following his historic meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore, Mr Trump offered unspecified “security guarantees” to North Korea and said the US would cease war-game exercises with the South.
The US leader said he was prepared “to start a new history” and “write a new chapter” between the two nations, declaring: “Real change is indeed possible.”
In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Mr Johnson said: “We welcome that President Trump and Kim Jong Un have held a constructive summit.
“This is an important step towards the stability of a region vital to global economic growth and home to thousands of British nationals and important UK interests.
“The reaffirmation of North Korea’s commitment in the Panmunjom Declaration to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is a signal that Kim Jong Un may finally have heeded the message that only a change of course can bring a secure and prosperous future to the people of North Korea.
“There is much work still to be done and we hope Kim continues to negotiate in good faith towards complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.
“The UK will continue to support the United States in its efforts to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.”