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Trump-Kim summit 'important milestone': UN chief

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

UN today hailed as "important milestone" the agreement reached between US and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, appealing to the global community to back the complete denuclearisation on the

After the summit in Singapore, Kim pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation" of the in return for security guarantees from the US, as Trump wrapped up the meeting with outcomes that could ease tensions and reshape the geopolitics of the region.

A statement issued by Guterres' said he welcomed the summit as an "important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearisation on the "

But the UN also cautioned that the road ahead requires "cooperation, compromise and a common cause".

"Implementing today's and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community," he said.

He urged all parties concerned to seize the "momentous opportunity" and reaffirmed his readiness to "fully support" the ongoing process.

Guterres had yesterday said that peace and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula must remain the clear and shared goal of the meeting.

Trump and Kim today had a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on issues related to establishing "new" relations between the two countries and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, according to a joint statement signed by them.

"Yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war," Trump, 71, said following more than four hours of intense talks with Kim, 34, which he described as "honest, direct and productive."

He also announced that the US will stop conducting military drills with after the historic summit, something widely seen as a concession as has long claimed they are invasion rehearsals.

The summit is seen by as a way of bringing legitimacy to a nation long regarded as a pariah.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:40 IST