Pope Francis used his weekly address to praise President Donald Trump–although not by name–for meeting with North Korean President Kim Jon Un at the border between North and South Korea, according to The Daily Mail.
“In the last few hours we saw in Korea a good example of the culture of encounter. I salute the protagonists, with a prayer that such a significant gesture will be a further step on the road to peace, not only on that peninsula, but for the good of the entire world,” the pontiff said from St. Peter’s Square.
Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to walk on North Korean territory after he shook hands with Kim. The two agreed to resume talks aimed at North Korean denuclearization, which broke down in February over disagreements about the process of removing sanctions and dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is Catholic, had told the Pope last year that Kim wanted him to visit North Korea. Pope Francis said he would consider it if he got an invitation directly from Kim and if he thought it would help achieve peace.
While meeting with Kim was a hopeful move for Trump, it remains to be seen whether an agreement between the two can be reached. Negotiations for a U.S. trade deal with China were also set up to resume after a meeting during the G20 Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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