President Tommy Remengesau Jr. joined the world leaders in reacting positively to the historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on Tuesday, lauding efforts made for a Korean Peninsula denuclearization.
“Palau supports a nuclear-free Pacific and ultimately a nuclear-free planet. I applaud any progress towards this objective,” Remengesau stated in a statement sent to the media.
Palau was among the Pacific island nations that pledged commitment to “exerting continued pressure on North Korea” for a denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.
In a joint statement signed in the Singapore summit, North Korea summit in Singapore “commits to working towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The US and North Korea also made “commitment to build a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
President Trump committed to providing security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Remengesau expressed confidence that the US-North Korea agreement will lead to “further diplomatic engagement and a thawing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.”
Remengesau lauded both leaders for the steps taken towards denuclearization in the region.
“I would also like to recognize the tireless efforts of President Moon Jae-in, who is deeply committed to peace and was instrumental in bringing us to this moment,” Remengesau said.
“The world will be a safer place without nuclear weapons. The peace and stability of the region is a concern,” Remengesau earlier stated.
Last year, North Korea threatened to send its nuclear missiles to Guam. Palau is in close proximity with Guam but the president is confident that foreign allies will protect everyone in the region.
Pacific has a history with nuclear weapons with hundreds of nuclear test explosions from 1946 to 1996 conducted in the region.
One of the strong voices in the Pacific supporting the treaty prohibiting the use of Nuclear Weapons is Palau.
On May 3, Palau is the first in the Pacific to sign the treaty.
Under the treaty Palau will be barred from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
They also cannot allow the stationing, installation, or deployment of nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices in their territory under any circumstances.
It is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. (Bernadette H. Carreon)