US, DPRK to maintain positive dialogues
Updated : Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:23 AM (GMT+0700)

The media of theDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has affirmed that the US and theDPRK will continue productive dialogues and commit to organising a new summitin the future.

 
US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un at their second summit in
Hanoi - Photo: VNA

The Korean Central NewsAgency (KCNA) reported on March 1 that at the closed-door and extendedtalks at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi on February 28, DPRK leader KimJong-un and US President Donald Trump understood the significance of changingthe decades-long extreme, hostile relations between the two countries.

At the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam, both leaders lauded thesignificant progress in carrying out the Singapore Joint Statement anddiscussed the improvement of bilateral ties in a frank manner.

According to the agency, Trump and Kim listened to each other’sviewpoints on the settlement of issues, realising the target set at their firstsummit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Despite unavoidable obstacles ahead, they can makesubstantial improvements in the DPRK-US relations if they hold hands firmly andexercise wisdom and patience, it said.

Trump and Kim laid stress on mutual respect and trust,describing them as important opportunities to better the bilateral ties.

The same day, RodongSimun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, affirmed thatPyongyang will not give up negotiations. With images of a friendly meetingbetween Trump and Kim, it said that they “had a constructive and candidexchange of their opinions over the practical issues arising in opening up anew era of improvement of the DPRK-US relations on the basis of the progress”.

The summit ended in Hanoi on February 28 without nodeal. But at the summit, the DPRK leader recommended the indefinite halt ofnuclear and missile tests in exchange for the reduction of economic sanctionsfrom the US. This is a positive outcome of the summit, helping maintain détenteon the Korean Peninsula and the region.

Source: VNA

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