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The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flies in front of its headquarters during the General Conference in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

UN watchdog welcomes Trump-Kim joint statement

SINGAPORE — The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog is welcoming President Donald Trump’s joint statement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says his agency “stands ready to undertake any verification activities in (North Korea) that it may be requested to conduct by the countries concerned.”

He noted that the Trump-Kim statement signed Tuesday in Singapore includes a North Korean commitment “towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”


President Donald Trump speaks after historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Watch the president’s remarks in the player above.

Amano says the IAEA “will closely follow the negotiations to be held between the two countries to implement the outcomes” of Trump’s summit with Kim.

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