Japan welcomes Trump-Kim summit statement

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The joint statement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has been welcomed by Japan and Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore as a first step in the denuclearisation of North Korea.

"We see this as a step in a comprehensive resolution," Abe said in Tokyo.

Japan wants North Korea to agree to a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. In the joint statement Kim committed North Korea "to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula."

Abe added that he "would like to thank the president (Trump) for raising the abduction issue," referring to Japan's demand that Pyongyang release any remaining Japanese people it abducted to train its spies.

Russia gave a positive assessment of the deal between Trump and Kim, but "the devil is in the detail", TASS news agency reported.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS that Russia is ready to assist in implementing the deal - to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - and hopes settling the nuclear crisis will unblock normal economic co-operation.

South Korea's response was more cautious with the presidential office seeking clarity on what Trump's intentions are after he said Washington will stop joint military exercises with Seoul.

"At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump's remarks," a Blue House spokesman said.

Iran warned Kim that the US president could nullify any nuclear deal with North Korea.

The semi-official Fars news agency quotes Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, as saying: "We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad."

Nobakht's remarks are the first by an Iranian official after Trump and Kim concluded their summit.

The US pulled out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May.