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Israel's Netanyahu hails Trump's 'historic' summit with North Korea

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out after a visit inside the Rahav, the fifth submarine in the Israeli Navy's fleet, after it arrived in Haifa port January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel hailed U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “historic”, linking the talks in Singapore to Washington’s tough stance towards the Iranian nuclear programme.

“This is an important step in the effort to strip the Korean peninsula of nuclear weaponry,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “President Trump is also taking a firm stance against Iran’s attempt to obtain nuclear weaponry, as well as its belligerence in the Middle East.”

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Gareth Jones