China, considered to be North Korea’s key international ally welcomed the summit and described the outcome as helpful for inter-Korean reconciliation.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang said that “Today, the leaders of South and North Korea held their summit successfully and announced a joint declaration on their common understanding of inter-Korean relations, easing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, denuclearizing the peninsula and a permanent peace. The positive outcome of the summit is helpful for inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation, peace and stability on the peninsula and the political resolution of Korean Peninsula issues.”
US President Donald Trump tweeted “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”
Trump’s role in this summit was crucial. In fact, South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha told CNN that “clearly credit goes to President Trump” for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one,” she said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed a surprise set of inter-Korean summit agreements to build peace and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but urged the North to prove its commitment with action.
“I welcome and take them as positive moves,” the prime minister said in a press conference televised live following the summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “I want to praise the South Korean government’s efforts that led to the latest summit.”
Abe also strongly urged North Korea “to take concrete action” following the agreements, adding, “I will keep watching North Korea.”
“Japan will compare the latest declaration to the previous ones and respond according to the analysis,” he said after being asked how Japan will react to the inter-Korean agreement. “Japan will solidly unite with South Korea and the United States, as well as with China and Russia, for the resolution of abduction, nuclear and missile issues.”
He also alluded to a plan to hold a phone call with Moon, saying, “I want to hear directly from President Moon over the phone about the content of the talks.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised the inter-Korean summit Friday as a “truly historic” meeting that will hopefully lead to peace and denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.
Guterres “applauds today’s truly historic Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea,” his spokesman said in a statement. “Many around the world were moved by the powerful imagery of the two leaders coming together to advance harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
The U.N. chief acknowledged the efforts of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he “salutes the courage and leadership that resulted in the important commitments and agreed actions outlined” in their joint declaration.
Guterres “counts on the parties to build on their first meeting and swiftly implement all agreed actions to further inter-Korean trust-building and reconciliation; sincere dialogue; and progress towards sustainable peace and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement said. “He looks forward to these gains being consolidated and advanced at the Summit between the leaders of the United States and the DPRK expected to take place in the near future.”
The secretary-general also pledged his commitment and readiness to offer his assistance in the process.