Netanyahu Hails Trump’s “Historic” Summit With North Korea

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters/AP) -
U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during the former’s 2017 visit to Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel hailed U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “historic,” linking the talks in Singapore to Washington’s tough stance towards the Iranian nuclear program.

“This is an important step in the effort to strip the Korean peninsula of nuclear weaponry,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “President Trump is also taking a firm stance against Iran’s attempt to obtain nuclear weaponry, as well as its belligerence in the Middle East.”

Earlier in the day, Cabinet Minister Yuval Steinitz said the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un was important for the Middle East.

Steinitz told The Associated Press that North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons would send a “strong” signal to Iran. He says it would “increase the pressure on Iran” to give up its nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.