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EU hails Trump-Kim summit as 'positive development'

AFP  |  Brussels 

The EU today hailed an announced summit between US and North Korean leader Un as a "positive development" in the tense standoff with

also welcomed reports that the North is willing to discuss ending its nuclear programme and halt testing while talks take place, saying it could prepare the ground for a negotiated resolution.

Global tensions with the reclusive regime have been at pitch for months, with testing nuclear and ballistic weapons in defiance of international condemnation and Trump and Kim trading insults, raising fears of war.

"We believe Trump's readiness to accept Un's invitation to a summit meeting by May also represents a positive development," Kocijancic told reporters, saying the EU looked forward to the outcome of the talks.

The EU has tough sanctions in place against North over its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes as part of international efforts to force to the negotiating table.

Earlier this week Seoul's returned from talks in Pyongyang with agreement for an inter-Korean summit in April and a pledge from the North to end its nuclear programme if its security is guaranteed.

"We've seen a reported commitment by the DPKR to enter negotiations on denuclearisation and refrain from testing nuclear weapons while these negotiations would take place," Kocijancic said.

"If this is corroborated this could create necessary conditions trowards a negotiated solution."

South Korean will hold talks with her EU counterparts in on March 19 to update them on developments and Kocijancic said the bloc stood ready to support dialogue.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 18:45 IST