Japan calls for North Korean steps toward denuclearization

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

"Should we succeed, there will be dramatic changes in world history, and the Republic of Korea will have played the leading role", he said, according to Yonhap.

Chung also met with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi, ahead of his meeting with Xi.

"As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for", Yang said.

In a statement prepared for a parliamentary hearing, Governor Lee Ju-yeol said a successful meeting between Trump and Kim would be credit positive for South Korea's sovereign rating, and reduce capital outflow risks.

There are expectations for a summit meeting between Tokyo and Pyongyang, a high-ranking official revealed.

On Monday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, after meeting with Suh, credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by worldwide society and that the pressure must continue until the North fulfils the promise with concrete actions.

China's trade crackdown shows how it remains indispensable both in persuading North Korea to agree to talks and in fostering and safeguarding a longer-term solution, Renmin University foreign affairs expert Cheng Xiaohe wrote in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Monday.

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.

While South Korea sanctions against the North are to remain firmly in place, Maeng Sung-kyu, Seoul's vice minister of transport at the land ministry, suggested Monday there is greater possibility the South could pursue abandoned projects, like an inter-Korea rail and natural gas pipelines connecting Russian resources to the peninsula, Asia Business reported Tuesday.

Some observers say this could be part of preparations for the US-North Korea summit. -South Korean war games.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he welcomes any dialogue premised on denuclearization.

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