Envoys brief Chinese, Japanese leaders on diplomacy with North Korea, US

13 March, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Abe was meeting South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon to discuss upcoming talks with North Korea.

It has essentially barred foreign media from visiting the country for more than a month and, while trumpeting the need for better inter-Korean relations, clung to the same anti-US, pro-nuclear weapons tone it struck at the height of its missile-testing frenzy a year ago.

He said "North Korea's recent changes are the results of maximum pressure imposed by Japan, the US, and South Korea working closely together".

The ecumenical body representing churches in Korea - including the Anglican Church in Korea - have welcomed news that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has agreed to cease missile tests, pending a meeting between the country's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, and the US President Donald Trump.

It led to an agreement for Kim to have a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month.

Kono also said Japan would be willing to provide money for International Atomic Energy Agency inspections if needed. Suh is visiting Tokyo to brief officials there on his visit to North Korea and later the United States regarding denuclearsiation talks with Pyongyang.

A spokesman for South Korea's Ministry of Unification said the North Koreans were probably "approaching this matter with caution", and that they "need time to organise their stance".

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Asked whether Kim made any mention to the envoys of the abduction issue or his willingness to hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kono said he "will refrain from saying anything other than what has already been announced". North Korea reneged on its 1994 pledge to the U.S.to freeze nuclear development and instead raced ahead.

Kim has yet to publicly confirm his invitation to meet with Trump in a bid to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, and officials in Seoul and Washington say the exact location and timing of any summit remain to be determined.

Most importantly, critics say that sticking with the Iran deal despite being so vocally against it will show weakness and a lack of resolve in Trump as he heads toward talks with the North Koreans.

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, who chairs the council's North Korea sanctions committee, told reporters "we have to continue implementing the sanctions as they stand". -South Korean war games. China has pushed for holding parallel negotiations for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the replacement of the Korean armistice with a peace agreement. Chung also delivered Moon's invitation for Xi to make a state visit to Korea.

As Russia and China share a land border with the isolated nation, both countries play an important role in stabilising the conflict.

Wrapping up his China trip, Chung left for Moscow on Tuesday.

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