Kono seeks United States help over abduction issue ahead of Trump-Kim summit

18 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Ri Yong-ho is North Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs

Further Moon Jae-in on various occasions had called for re-approachment of six-nation denuclearisation, including South and North Korea, China, Japan, US, and Russian Federation.

"They will also address the security situation on the Korean peninsula, which is high on the (UN) Security Council agenda", a ministry statement said.

The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States agreed Friday to maintain close coordination as both nations prepare for summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The embassy also represents US, Canadian and Australian diplomatic interests in North Korea, with Sweden playing a key role in liaising diplomatic talks.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Friday met with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and sought the United States' cooperation in resolving North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Japan has been more guarded about those talks than South Korea, and wants any discussion to include ways to resolve a dispute over the return of those abducted by North Korean agents. -North Korea summit would be a good confidence-building measure.

"Abe told Moon that North Korea halting its nuclear and missile programs alone is not enough, but that it must take concrete action, such as allowing IAEA inspectors in", the official added.

"Sweden has somewhat of a relationship with North Korea", Trump said, during the press conference, which came two days ahead of him accepting an invitation by Kim Jong-un to a summit.

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"We'll see what happens next", Wallstrom said.

"Right now, dialogue is needed and we are happy to have this meeting".

For the fundamental resolution, he said the committee will make preparations for the summit focusing on issues to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, dramatically defuse military tensions, build a permanent peace and advance new inter-Korean relations.

Sweden acts as diplomatic representative in North Korea for the United States, which has no embassy there, and has helped with the release of U.S. citizens held by the reclusive state.

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Sullivan and Kang are believed to have confirmed they will work closely in the run-up to the North-South Korea summit scheduled for late April.

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