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Philippines hopes Kim-Trump summit will reduce Asia Pacific tensions

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This combination of file photos created on March 9, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during the 5th Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea Cell Chairpersons in this photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on December 23, 2017 and released on December 24, 2017 (L) and US President Donald Trump speaking to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018. -- AFP

Great results can be expected from the meeting between United States (US) President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, the Philippines said on Friday, March 9.

Messrs. Trump and Jung-on, according to reports, are expected to meet this May for negotiations over the issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“The Philippines welcomes the announcement of the acceptance by United States President Donald Trump of the invitation from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un for them to meet this May,” the Philippines’ top diplomat Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a media statement.

“We join the rest of the international community in praying for a successful outcome of the meeting between the two leaders. This is a bold and unprecedented move that we hope would lead to reduced tensions in the Asia-Pacific Region,” he added.

Mr. Cayetano likewise noted that the meeting between the two leaders is “a bold move that could produce great results.”

The Philippine government, Mr. Cayetano said, is “encouraged by developments related to the inter-Korean dialogue initiative arising from the recent high-level visit of a delegation from the Republic of Korea to Pyongyang last Monday and Tuesday.”

“The Philippines hopes that this would lead to a tangible movement towards addressing the Korean Peninsula issue.”

Mr. Cayetano stressed that the Philippines is ready “to play a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.” — Arjay L. Balinbin