March 9, 2018 / 11:46 AM / 9 days ago

EU encouraged by expected talks on North Korean denuclearisation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union voiced optimism on Friday that meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with U.S. and South Korean leaders could lead to a negotiated solution over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.

“We welcome the recent positive developments with regard to the situation in the Korean peninsula,” a spokeswoman for the EU executive told reporters.

The European Commission said it was “encouraged” by the announcement of a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae and Kim Jong Un in April as well as U.S. President Donald Trump agreeing to a summit with the North Korean leaders.

“We believe that President Trump’s readiness to accept Kim Jong Un’s invitation to a summit meeting may also represent a positive development,” she said. “We are looking forward to the outcome of these summit meetings.”

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel @AdeCar; Editing by Robin Emmott

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