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Moon says Trump-Kim summit freed world from worries of war

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is gestured by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, during a bilateral meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on June 14, 2018. (Kim Hong-ji/Pool Photo via AP)

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday and praised the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit this week as freeing the world from worries of war.

    "The most important achievement of the summit is that not only the United States, South Korea and Japan but also the whole world are now free from worries of a possible war or nuclear attacks," Moon said at the meeting in Seoul.

    Moon added that the unprecedented summit, held Tuesday in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has moved the world toward an era of peace and prosperity.

    Pompeo praised Moon's efforts, saying that a successful summit between Moon and Kim earlier this year became a great stepping stone for the first summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

    At Tuesday's summit, Kim committed to "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while Trump pledged to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang.

    Besides the North's denuclearization, attention has been paid to how South Korea assesses Trump's abrupt announcement after the summit that he will be stopping "war games" with South Korea as long as North Korea continues denuclearization talks in a sincere manner.

    On Wednesday, Kim Eui Kyeom, a spokesman of the South's presidential office, said there was still a need to figure out what Trump actually meant by his comments at his post-summit press conference.

    North Korea has long demanded that the United States and South Korea stop conducting joint military exercises, which it regards as rehearsals for invasion.

    "Under the circumstances that we are negotiating a very comprehensive, complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to be having war games," Trump said at the press conference.

    Pompeo arrived Wednesday in Seoul to meet Moon, as well as his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, to brief them on the outcome of the summit.

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