Japan welcomes dialogue with N Korea on its denuclearization

14 March, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet the North’s Kim Jong Un by May Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries

"We look forward to the smooth organization of the South-North leaders meeting and dialogue between North Korea and the U.S". He was part of a South Korean delegation that met Kim in Pyongyang last week.

South Korean officials, who returned from a Pyongyang conference, briefed the president on their recent meeting with the North Korean leader, just as South Korean envoys briefed Japanese officials, convincing them of the need for dialogue and engagement, Kyodo News reported.

In Beijing on Monday, South Korea's national security director, Chung Eui-yong met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and praised his role in contributing to the recent positive changes on the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking after meeting Suh, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by worldwide society. In January, North Korea sent a vice foreign minister in charge of United States affairs to Sweden.

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Tuesday's edition of North Korea's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported on a meeting in Pyongyang of young people from farming areas.

While China supports maintaining sanctions for the time being, it is prepared to restore its trading relationship with the North in the event of a breakthrough in order to "create a favorable external environment for North Korea's sustainable economic development", Cheng wrote.

But there were no reports about the possible inter-Korean summit in April or the country's leader's talks with the U.S. president by May. "If we are to resolve the abduction issue, direct dialogue with the top - Mr. Kim Jong Un - is essential", a source inside the prime minister's office told Kyodo News.

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