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South Koreans Consider Kim-Trump Handshake Hopeful a World of Change Is in Progress

June 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and D.P.R.K. Chairman Kim Jong-un, South Koreans erupted in applause, Agence France-Presse reported. “We hope the summit will be a success and bring us a complete denuclearization, peace and a new era” in relations between the two Koreas and the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said. His office reported that President Moon had spent a “sleepless night” ahead of the meeting.

In the streets of Seoul and elsewhere in South Korea, optimism and exuberance were flowing freely, reported Britain’s Independent, writing, “Koreans were mesmerized by the sight of the two leaders greeting one another, shaking hands warmly, even chatting like old friends.”

President Moon, who played perhaps the most important role in bringing about this historic summit, issued a statement, saying:

“I pay my high compliments for the courage and determination of the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim, not to settle for that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change.

“The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on Earth,”

according to the official Cheong Wa Dae Presidential residence.

“Building upon the agreement reached today, we will take a new path going forward. Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation. We will be there together with North Korea along the way,”

said President Moon.

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