Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday hailed the Singapore Summit Initiative between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to resolve long-pending differences.

“I welcome the initiative that the leaders of the United States and North Korea have begun in Singapore to resolve long-standing differences in the hope that it will eventually lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” he said.

Dalai Lama said “it is my firm belief that dialogue is the only way to resolve problems, whether between individuals or nations”.

“As an avowed campaigner for demilitarisation throughout the world and the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, I wholeheartedly welcome this historic summit to secure lasting peace on the Korean peninsula,” he said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader applauded the steps these two leaders have taken, saying:  “May their efforts encourage further endeavors to dispense with these fearsome weapons of mass destruction with the aim of bringing about genuine and lasting peace in our world.”

US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on 12 June at a historic summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has committed Pyongyang to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in an agreement signed during the summit.