AS mainstream American media and foreign policy analysts remain divided over the outcome of the first-ever dialogue between North Korea and the United States, India has welcomed it as positive development. New Delhi said that the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump at Singapore on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula will address India’s concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear proliferation linkages. After Trump and Kim signed a “comprehensive” document committing to end seven decades of hostilities between the two countries, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement New Delhi supports all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy.”We also hope that the resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue will take into account and address our concerns about proliferation linkages extending to India’s neighbourhood,” the statement further said. India has been pressing for a probe into Kim regime’s proliferation linkages to some countries including Pakistan so that those responsible for it be held accountable. In their summit, Trump and Kim pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and work for finding a peaceful resolution to seven decades of hostilities between the two countries.”India welcomes the US – DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Summit held in Singapore. This is a positive development. India has always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy,” the External Affairs Ministry said.
After the talks, the US president said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin “very soon” and the North Korean leader promised to leave the past behind.”We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” the external affairs ministry said.
Trump said “We signed a joint statement that is an unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of North Korea. India has taken note of media reportage on Pakistan secretly supplying North Korea with nuclear enrichment technology when A Q Khan headed the country’s nuclear programme. Pakistan supplied vital machinery, drawings and technical advice to North Korea, allowing Pyongyang to enrich uranium as early as 2002 as reported by media. Khan is also called father of the Islamist country’s nuclearization.