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Papal diplomat says US-North Korea summit brings hope for peace

Talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are “truly historic” and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, said Pope Francis’ ambassador to Korea.

A “very important” new page has been turned, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, apostolic nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia, told Vatican News.

“It marks the beginning of a still long and arduous journey, but we are hopeful because the start has been very positive, very good,” he said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met on Singapore’s Sentosa Island for the historic summit on 12th June. It was the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Afterward, Trump said Kim would work to end North Korea’s nuclear program. Trump promised to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

Picture: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump react during their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12th June. Signing a joint statement, President Trump agreed to provide security guarantees to North Korea and Chairman Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. (CNS photo/Anthony Wallace, pool via Reuters).