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The National Council of Churches expresses thanks for the positive outcome of the meeting in Singapore between President Donald Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea. This initial conversation bodes well for further progress toward peace.

We pledge our continued support and encouragement, and we look forward to the upcoming Korea Ecumenical Forum meeting where North Korean Christian leaders will meet with Christian leaders from around the world. Among other hopes for the Korean people, the ecumenical community continues to pray for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

We are keenly aware that much remains to be done to secure peace, but we recognize courage was required by both leaders to move away from inflammatory rhetoric and agree to talk together face-to-face. May the Holy Spirit work among the leaders of North Korea and the United States to advance the cause of peace.