Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, host of the historic Trump-Kim summit, today hailed as a "dramatic step forward" the agreement signed between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.
In identical letters to US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Lee congratulated them on the successful conclusion of the summit, adding that Singapore is honoured to be the host.
At the summit held in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed a document in which North Korea committed to "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for US security guarantees.
"It is a crucial first move in the long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula," Lee wrote in both the letters.
To Kim, he wrote: "I hope you have enjoyed your stay in Singapore, including the walk at Marina Bay, and I look forward to meeting you again in the near future."
Later, in a Facebook post, Lee also thanked Singaporeans and the people who worked on the summit, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
"You did an outstanding job, making sure each component of the Summit was well taken care of," Lee wrote. "Thanks also to Singaporeans for showing the world what we can do. Thank you all!"
Singapore spent over USD 15 million, mostly on security, to ensure an incident-free summit between Trump and Kim.
The summit was covered by nearly 3,000 journalists.
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