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Korean, Japanese FMs vow cooperation on N. Korea

13 April 2018, 01:41 | Rodolfo Quinn

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"With the inter-Korean and U.S".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk only told reporters that Kang and Kono "will exchange opinions on matters of mutual concern".

In Pyongyang's first mention of official dialogue with the U.S. and the summit with Seoul, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) added that Kim set "strategic and tactical issues" to be upheld by the Workers' Party.

China will send a Communist Party official with an art troupe to North Korea for a festival celebrating the country's founder, state media said Wednesday, as the neighbours seek to heal battered relations.

Kono expressed respect for South Korea's diplomatic efforts, and said he hopes to strengthen Japan's partnership with the country and trilateral ties of the 2 and the USA in working to denuclearize the North.

After his meetings, Kono tried to put a positive spin, telling reporters, "It is a fact that hard issues remain in our ties with South Korea, but that does not mean that those ties can not deepen".

During his hour-long meeting with Kang, Kono said, "No reward should be given to North Korea just because it agreed to dialogue".

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The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that South Korea is exerting efforts to maintain close communication and coordination with the United States on various levels and through multiple channels ahead of the planned summits between the two Koreas and between North Korea and the U.S.

"The government believes that cooperation with the worldwide community is very important in resolving the North's nuclear issue and developing inter-Korean relations", the minister said. The islets are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

"Denuclearization is, no doubt, going to be ... a USA angle", said William Brown, a former intelligence official who is now an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University.

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).

The relationship between Seoul and Tokyo turned sour when the new South Korean administration began demanding an official apology from the Japanese government for Japan's World War II atrocities against its Asian neighbors, such as its sexual slavery of thousands of Korean women.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the joint declaration on Korea-Japan partnership in October 1998 issued by then-Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to build a future-oriented relationship.

In a growing rapprochement on the Korean peninsula kick-started by the South's Winter Olympics, Kim is set to meet the South's Moon Jae-in on April 27.

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