Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Japan asks S. Korea to raise abduction issue at North-South summit

Japan asks S. Korea to raise abduction issue at North-South summit

"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.

It has also ruled out the possibility of discussing economic cooperation at the April 27 South-North summit, saying the issue, despite affecting hundreds of South Korean companies kicked out of a joint industrial complex in North Korea's Kaesong, can wait until later talks.

Some issues, Baik said, are left to be discussed between working-level officials of the two Koreas regarding protocol, security and media coverage for the summit as well as the establishment of hotline between ROK President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrived in Seoul on Tuesday afternoon for a two-day visit.

The NGOs have also called on South Korea to urge Kim to follow the United Nations recommendations on human rights. He also wished these talks plant a good precedent for those talks in May between the leader of the DPRK and the U.S. President, Donald Trump.

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Seoul has urged Tokyo to take legal and moral responsibility, while Japan says that the issue was resolved when the two nations reached a deal in 2015 to offer compensations to the victims.

He also requested Seoul to convey Japan's stance on the North's nuclear weapons and missile programs as well as raise the issue of Japanese abductees in the North, during the inter-Korean summit on April. 27.

Cho said that, given that Kim sat closer to the North's ruler at the North-China summit than top diplomat Ri Yong-ho and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman in charge of global affairs, his clout seems to extend beyond inter-Korean affairs.

The issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea remains highly critical for Japan. The islets are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

But a statement on the meeting from Seoul's foreign ministry did not mention the topic- a key issue in ties between Japan and the North, which habitually spats out angry threats of attack against "Japanese reactionaries".

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