NATO PA President salutes historic effort towards peace and denuclearisation on Korean peninsula

12 June 2018

Brussels/Rome, 12 June 2018 – NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Paolo Alli (Italy) commented on the historic meeting between United States President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore:

Today’s historic meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim brings new hope of peace and denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula. If fully and verifiably implemented, the commitments undertaken during this meeting could bring a new stability to the region and beyond, as well as strengthen the international nuclear non-proliferation regime", said President Alli.

"In their joint statement, both leaders commit to implementing the fundamental stipulations of their agreement fully and expeditiously. The success of this extraordinary endeavour will now depend upon negotiations on the pace, details and verification of North Korea’s denuclearisation. These negotiations will certainly be difficult and complex, and an enduring solution must also be multilateral, engaging North Korea’s neighbours for whom regional stability is a paramount concern".

"Hopes have been dashed before, but I fervently hope that this new high-level commitment will lead to a lasting resolution of the issues which have proven so intractable in the past.
The NATO PA closely follows developments in North Korea and North East Asia, and a delegation of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations is due to travel to Seoul in September. The situation on the Korean peninsula is the key focus of a report prepared by US Congressman Gerry Connolly for the Political Committee, the first draft of which was unveiled at the Assembly’s Spring Session in Warsaw, Poland, last month. Also in Warsaw, President Alli held talks about developments regarding North Korea with a delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, led by Lee Soo-hyuck, former chief delegate for the six-party negotiation talks with North Korea. The Korean National Assembly participates in meetings of the NATO PA with a parliamentary observer delegation.

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