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Japan, S. Korean FM voice hope for cooperation on N. Korea

TOKYO, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart (Ms.) Kang Kyung-wha expressed hope on Wednesday for strengthening cooperation in resolving North Korea’s nuclear issue, Japanese and South Korean media reported.

“With preparations underway for South Korea and the US’ summits with North Korea, which could serve as a major turning point in attaining denuclearization, (we) hope for cooperation to achieve the two countries’ shared goal of peacefully resolving the North’s nuclear issue and establishing peace,” Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency quoted Kang as telling Kono during their meeting in Seoul.

Kono praised the South Korean government’s efforts that have led to the current peace mood, saying that he also wants to maintain close cooperation between the two neighbors to realize the North’s denuclearization and peace, security and prosperity in the region.

Kono is making his first visit here since taking office in August last year, and it also marks the first trip by a Japanese foreign minister since December 2015.

His visit to Seoul comes as South Korea and the US are preparing to hold their respective summits with North Korea this month and in May, respectively. The two Koreas plan to hold their summit talks on April 27.

“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, according to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency.

He also asked Kang for the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s to be put on the agenda at an upcoming inter-Korean summit.

Source: Kuwait News Agency