SINGAPORE – United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted China and South Korea to be involved in peace negotiations with North Korea, which would bring an end to 70 years of conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
Trump was speaking at a press conference after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which marked the first time that the leaders of the two countries met.
“I think it would be great to have China involved and of course South Korea,” Trump said regarding the negotiations that will take place to implement the second point of the joint declaration signed at the end of the summit.
“The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” read the second point of the joint declaration.
The US and North Korea have been engaged in conflict since the Korean War (1950-53), which ended with an armistice between the North Korean army, China, and the United Nations command, which was never replaced with a peace treaty.
The North Korean leader had agreed to work out a definitive peace treaty during an earlier summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in toward the end of April.
The commitments included denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which Trump considered was a “great thing for China,” North Korea’s traditional ally.
“I can’t imagine China is happy with somebody having nuclear weapons so close,” said the US president.
Despite praising China for its sanctions on the North Korean regime, Trump said that the “Chinese are not doing as great a job securing the border as they were before.”
Earlier, Trump had expressed satisfaction with the result of the summit, but had warned that the US would not lift sanctions on the North Korean regime until “we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor.”