Deal with North Korea great for the world, also for China, says Trump
US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic summit at the Capella hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. Photograph: (AFP)
After successfully concluding his talks with North Korea, President Trump said the deal with Kim was a "great thing for China".
"Making a deal is a great thing for the world, it's also a great thing for China, I can't imagine that China is happy with someone having nuclear weapons so close, so China is very happy," Trump told reporters in Singapore.
China had earlier praised the Trump-Kim meeting calling it an "epoch-making event" and promised to play a "constructive role".
Trump said he would call Xi, probably before he lands in Washington on his way back from Singapore, to tell him about the results of the meeting. He said he would be including Beijing in follow-up discussions.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today said an "important milestone" was reached towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula after the successful completion of Trump-Kim talks in Singapore on Tuesday.
"The summit held in Singapore was an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula," Guterres said in a statement.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their first face-to-face meeting after months of uncertainty over the summit. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere with both leaders comfortable with each other with Trump repeatedly praising the North Korean leader.
Guterres had earlier complained after North Korea dismantled its nuclear sites without the presence of UN experts with just foreign journalists invited. The UN chief this time, however, welcomed the talks in Singapore between Trump and Kim.
Guterres urged the leaders to "seize this momentous opportunity" and offered UN help to achieve North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme as promised by Kim during his meeting with President Trump.
One of the key UN permanent members Russia said that the mere fact that the meeting took place was a "positive step". Japanese PM Shinzo Abe too welcomed the Trump-Kim summit calling it a "first step" towards denuclearisation.
"Through this US-North Korea summit, Chairman Kim Jong Un's intent for complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was confirmed in writing," Abe said.
"I support this as a first step to the comprehensive resolution of issues concerning North Korea," the Japanese PM added.