Korean, Japanese FMs vow cooperation on N. Korea

13 April, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Colin Gill
  • N. Korea's Kim assesses future dialogue with US, Seoul for first time at party meeting – report

Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed when Cheonan was sunken eight years ago.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk only told reporters that Kang and Kono "will exchange opinions on matters of mutual concern".

Other former US officials think that while Seoul should ask Pyongyang to clarify its meaning of denuclearization at the inter-Korean summit, the actual denuclearization talks should be left for the U.S.to discuss with North Korea.

China will send a Communist Party official with an art troupe to North Korea for a festival celebrating the country's founder, state media said Wednesday, as the neighbours seek to heal battered relations.

South Korea's unification minister on Wednesday stressed the importance of global cooperation in resolving North Korea's nuclear problem and improving inter-Korean ties.

Kono's visit comes amid growing concerns in Japan that the diplomatic drive led by South Korea, North Korea and the U.S. could fail to meet its security concerns and interests as it is sidelined in the denuclearization talks.

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The two envoys, according to Seoul's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized building a future-oriented bilateral relationship along with joint coordination and communication among Seoul, Tokyo and Washington on how to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. North Korea acknowledged in 2002 that it had abducted 13 Japanese. Kono conveyed that Japan will "maintain pressure on North Korea until it shows its words as action on its commitment to denuclearize".

Both North Korean and foreign artists take part, and this year's week-long event includes concerts, dance performances and acrobatics.

Seoul has urged Tokyo to take legal and moral responsibility, while Japan says that the issue was resolved when the two nations reached a deal in 2015 to offer compensations to the victims.

But a statement on the meeting from Seoul's foreign ministry did not mention the topic - a key issue in ties between Japan and the North, which habitually spats out angry threats of attack against "Japanese reactionaries".

The conservative leader also said the "fake inter-Korean peace show" marks the eighth time that the North has lied and that the incumbent administration is using the opportunity to increase support for the ruling party ahead of the June 13 local elections.

However, in a lecture at a South Korean university on April 9, a day before Kono arrived in Seoul, Kang said she was not satisfied with the bilateral agreement.

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