Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Korean, Japanese FMs vow cooperation on N. Korea

Korean, Japanese FMs vow cooperation on N. Korea

South Korea's national security adviser has flown to Washington to meet his newly appointed United States counterpart John Bolton, an official said on Thursday (Apr 12) in Seoul, where concerns are growing over the American's hardline stance on the nuclear-armed North.

"In that vein, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is mustering a lot of efforts to maintain close communication and to strengthen cooperation with the USA through various diplomatic channels of different levels ahead of the two summits, including the South Korean Embassy in the US", the spokesman noted. The U.S. -North Korea summit will be the first of its kind in history.

Kang, the official said, replied that "until there is actual progress in denuclearization, pressure and sanctions on the North will continue to be maintained".

On Monday, Trump said, "I think there'll be great respect paid by both parties, and hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking of North Korea".

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrived in Seoul on Tuesday afternoon for a two-day visit.

They also reaffirmed close cooperation among them and the United States to maintain maximum pressure on the North to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Kono touched upon a plan by South Korean parliamentarians to visit the disputed Takeshima islets, which Seoul calls Dokdo.

Hong said that while some media say "spring (pronounced "bom" in Korean) has come to the South and North", others see it as a literal 'bomb'.

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.

The extent of the discussion on denuclearization at the inter-Korean summit, according to Gary Samore, former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction under president Barack Obama, should be limited to "South Korea having a statement, a communique of a North Korean intent to pursue denuclearization".

"I want Japan and South Korea to closely coordinate to realize the denuclearization of North Korea and bring about peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia", Kono said at the outset of his meeting with Kang, open to the press. His visit follows the Moon government's announcement earlier this year that it will not scrap the 2015 deal about the Japanese military's wartime sexual slavery.

Kono met Moon at the presidential office in Seoul on Wednesday.

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