Prime Minister Hun Sen has expressed support for a planned meeting between the United States and North Korea set for May.
Speaking at a river festival in Kandal province’s Takhmao city on Saturday, Mr Hun Sen said he was delighted to see new development toward peace on the Korean Peninsula after leaders of South Korea and North Korea negotiated a meeting between the US and North Korea.
“I am happy to receive good information that a dialogue between North Korea and South Korea went well,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It is very important to ease tensions in the region and the world, and what is even more important is that a dialogue develop between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.”
Mr Hun Sen said that information about the meeting between US and North Korean leaders was an important political message for the world.
“The world was in the past concerned about a breakout of nuclear war between North Korea and the United States, but now peace can become the focus for these leaders and therefore all world leaders,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen added that he expects the meeting will be discussed later this month at the Asean-Australia Special Summit.
The White House issued a press release on Thursday saying that South Korea National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong told Mr Trump he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“In our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests,” the statement quoted Mr Eui-Yong as saying.
“He understands that the routine joint military exercises between Republic of Korea and the United States must continue. And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Mr Eui-Yong added.
Mr Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization, the statement added.
“The Republic of Korea along with the United States, Japan, and our many partners around the world remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Along with President Trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution,” the statement said.
BBC News on Friday reported that Mr Kim and Mr Trump are to meet in person by May, an extraordinary overture after months of mutual hostility.