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Can Kim Jong-un be trusted? Over 78% of South Koreans think so, poll finds

17% said he was 'very trustworthy'; 86 percent also viewed South Korean President Moon Jae-in positively

ANI  |  Washington DC 

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone | PTI/AP Photo

The historic that sparked hopes of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, has put North Korean leader in a positive light, as reflected by a recent poll that found over 78 percent South Koreans viewing Kim as trustworthy.

In a poll conducted by a local TV channel after the summit, 78 percent South Koreans responded that they viewed Kim as trustworthy. Out of those, 60 percent said Kim was generally trustworthy while 17 percent said he was "very trustworthy," Washington Post reported.

The poll involved 1023 respondents and 89 percent of them viewed the as a success. 86 percent also viewed South Korean President positively

The poll also asked opinion on the upcoming meeting between Kim and The results were generally favourable as 30 percent expect the summit to be very successful while 56 percent expect it to be somewhat successful.

On the other hand, a poll conducted prior to the in March found that Kim was viewed favourably by only 10 percent of South Koreans while 83 percent said they viewed him unfavourably.

The poll by Gallup Korea also found that 67 percent viewed Trump negatively, and 64 percent thought that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program eventually.

The meeting between the Korean leader on April 27 saw a marked change in who held discussions on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula with his South Korean counterpart, thus easing military tensions.

They also agreed to formulate an official peace treaty to officially end the 65-year-old Korean War.

First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 08:34 IST