From LAIDE AKINBOADE
The Federal Government has joined other nations in the world to commend the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for dismantling its nuclear launch site.
In a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and signed by Tope Elias-Fatile, the ministry’s spokesperson, in Abuja, the Federal government also commended the new relationship between the United States of America (USA) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
According to the Nigeria government, the act is a demonstration of commitment by the two countries towards de-escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula.
He therefore congratulated Kim Jong Un of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and President Donald Trump of the United States of America on the historic achievement made at the “Kim and Trump Summit,” held on Tuesday 12th June, 2018, in Singapore.
This summit led to the joint signing of a statement by the two leaders; emphasising the establishment of new relationship; building an enduring peace and stability; the denuclearisation efforts in the Korean Peninsula; as well as recovery and repatriation of Prisoners of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA).
He said the success of the historic Summit is a demonstration of commitment by the relevant parties towards de-escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula and a consolidation of the earlier achievement made during the Inter-Korean Summit of 27th April, 2018, resulting in the Panmunjom Declaration between the leaders of the Koreas.
“Nigeria therefore, commends the bold step taken by the DPRK to dismantle the nuclear launch site as an indication of the determination to this peace process. In addition, Nigeria is optimistic that the two nations would uphold the commitments made during this landmark Summit,” the statement read.
It further indicated that Nigeria was in appreciation of
the efforts by all parties involved in the process of the successful Summit, especially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, United States of America, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Singapore.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had reiterated the need for a démarche between the parties involved towards the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, in September, 2017, which is in line with Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Nigeria’s position over the years on the need for continuous dialogue towards the attainment of pacific resolution of conflicts and crises.