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India welcomes proposed Trump-Kim meet

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today welcomed the development of US agreeing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but noted that any solution to the issue must address concerns about the proliferation linkages of

Raveesh Kumar, in the Ministry of External Affairs, said hoped that such engagement would help in reducing tensions and would pave the way for lasting peace and reconciliation in the

"We have noted the comments of the of Republic of Korea (South Korea) regarding DPRK's (North Korea) proposal to hold talks with the US and the positive response from the US. We welcome these developments," he said.

Kumar added that supports all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the through dialogue and diplomacy.

"As we have said before, we also believe that any solution to the issues in Korean peninsula must also take into account and address concerns about the proliferation linkages of DPRK's nuclear and missile programme," Kumar said.

In the past, India had sought a probe into North Korea's nuclear proliferation linkages and demanded that those responsible for it should be held accountable.

This is also seen as veiled reference to

It is widely believed that had clandestinely received from when A Q Khan was at the helm of Islamabad's nuclear programme.

The today announced that US has agreed to meet North Korean leader by May, setting the stage for an unprecedented summit between the two leaders following months of tension over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 22:50 IST