By Genalyn Kabiling
SEOUL — President Duterte is optimistic about international efforts seeking to attain a peaceful and nuclear-free Korean peninsula amid the renewed dialogue between the north and the south.
The Philippine leader held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House and lauded his vision to bring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula.
“I commended President Moon for his vision of bringing peace, stability, and prosperity to the Korean Peninsula. His selfless dedication is demonstrated by the historic Inter-Korean Summit last month,” Duterte said in a joint statement with Moon after their summit meeting.
“The Philippines is hopeful that positive developments over the past several months will continue and contribute positively toward the goal of denuclearization in [the] Korean Peninsula,” he added.
As responsible members of the community of nations, Duterte also said the Philippines and South Korea would continue supporting each other in regional and in the international fora.
Moon, in his remarks, thanked Duterte for supporting the peace efforts in the Korean peninsula.
“President Duterte displayed a keen interest in our efforts to achieve complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and expressed his strong support,” he said.
“His support will be of great help to us on our journey to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our two countries will further strengthen our cooperation and that goes beyond the Peninsula to uphold peace in the region,” he added.
Moon recently held a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on efforts to end the decades-old war. The two leaders signed an agreement to negotiate a treaty towards the complete denuclearization and nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the President remained hopeful for the regional and international efforts towards reducing tension in the Korean peninsula.
Roque said the President also expressed optimism about the United States-North Korea summit on June 12.
“The Philippines of course has consistently spoken against North Korea’s nuclear program and that the Philippines has always said North Korea must abide with international obligations,” he said.
“The Philippines will comply with relevant Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea,” he added.