Korea, US closely coordinating for summits with N. Korea

13 April, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Clint Gray
  • South Korea's President Moon Jae-in chats with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc while posing for

South Korea's national security adviser has flown to Washington to meet his newly appointed U.S. 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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for efforts to increase cooperation between his country and Japan on Wednesday, calling it a necessary step to ensure success in his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"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.

A conservative heavyweight in South Korea has accused the incumbent Moon Jae-in government of running a "facade of peace between the South and North", warning against the current optimism surrounding inter-Korean relations.

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They agreed that a pressure campaign and sanctions against North Korea will continue until there is progress in the process of North Korea's denuclearization.

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.

A Japanese foreign minister last visited the country in December 2015, and this marks Kono's first trip to Seoul since he took the post as Tokyo's top envoy last August. But Kang stressed the importance of maintaining the momentum of "dialogue" with North Korea to achieve the goal of denuclearization, the official said.

And Trump has said that a U.S.

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During his two-day trip to Seoul, which kicked off Tuesday, Kono paid a visit to Seoul National Cemetery and met with Suh Hoon, director of Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Both North Korean and foreign artists take part, and this year's week-long event includes concerts, dance performances and acrobatics.

While the South Korean government continues to hold expectations that Tokyo will offer a honest apology, it has stopped short of seeking a renegotiation or review of the bilateral agreement. "The Moon and Kim summit should be getting ready for the denuclearization talks but not actually doing it for themselves".

Kono, before the Seoul visit, also said he would try to ensure that the "abduction issue will be talked about in the North-South summit", as well as Pyongyang's "nuclear and missile issues".

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