Brussels, Germany and Britain welcome "positive developments" for North Korea

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The agreement reached Thursday for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "positive development", a European Union spokeswoman said.

Asked during a regular press briefing on the issue, Maya Kocijancic hailed "recent positive developments" in the South's relations with North Korea. "The fact that President Trump is ready to accept an invitation from Kim Jong Un for a summit is also a positive development," he added.

The EU is "looking forward to seeing the results" of the diplomatic initiatives, as many high-level transnational meetings are planned in the near future, Kocijancic said.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is scheduled to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-woo on March 19 in Brussels.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also reacted positively to the development, calling it a "glimmer of hope", calling on all sides to "continue their efforts". "It would certainly be great if we could come to an end to all this tension over North Korea's nuclear program, which has been a source of great concern to all of us," he said.

Britain, for its part, said it would continue to put pressure on North Korea, although it welcomed the progress made. "We have always been clear: we want Kim Jong Un to change course and prioritize the well-being of his people over the illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons," said a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May. "We will continue to work closely with the United States, South Korea and the international community to ensure that pressure on North Korea continues and that sanctions are strictly enforced."