Moon urges efforts to improve S. Korea-Japan ties

Moon urges efforts to improve S. Korea-Japan ties

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an article that there is increasing voice for re-investigation into the case of Cheonan in South Korea, as some 70 percent of South Koreans don't believe the result of investigation.

Dennis Wilder, senior director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in should seek out North Korea's view of denuclearization during the inter-Korean summit as a way to pave the way for the discuss denuclearization at the anticipated U.S.

Christopher Hill, who negotiated with the North as head of the USA delegation during the George W. Bush administration, said close coordination and cooperation between Seoul and Washington are critical when discussing security issues in particular.

Kang was said to have replied that the "South Korean government has worked at and will continue to work toward humanitarian issues" such as the abduction issue, as well as that of reunions for families torn apart during the 1950-53 Korean War.

He continued to stress the Japanese position that maximum pressure needed to be maintained against Pyongyang to force it to abandon its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

He was referring to Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 80s in a bid to train spies in Japanese language and customs before overseas missions.

It was the first visit to South Korea by a Japanese foreign minister in more than two years.

Another diplomat who sat in on the discussions added that Kono called for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) and the "complete resolution to North Korean nuclear and missile problem".

"Denuclearization is, no doubt, going to be ... a US angle", said William Brown, a former intelligence official who is now an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University. -North summit will take place in May or early June.

The Moon-Kim summit, if held, will mark the third inter-Korean summit.

A summit between South Korea, Japan and China is also being scheduled for next month in Tokyo.

"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.

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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