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Top diplomats of S. Korea, Japan discuss strategic communication on N.K. denuclearization

2018/09/11 21:59

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SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan on Tuesday shared the view on the need to strengthen bilateral strategic communication on denuclearization and peace on the peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono held talks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Hanoi to discuss cooperation on the ongoing peace efforts to persuade North Korea to denuclearize.

"The two ministers exchanged their in-depth views on ways to make progress in efforts to denuclearize the peninsula and entrench peace, and shared the view on the need for Seoul and Tokyo to continue to strengthen strategic communication," the ministry said in a press release.

During the talks, Kang explained to Kono the results of the South Korean delegation's recent visit to the North and the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which is slated to take place in Pyongyang from Sept. 18-20.

Kang, in particular, stressed the importance of cooperation with Japan in the peace efforts, the ministry said.

Kang also expressed words of solace to the Japanese minister for the damages wrought by recent natural disasters in the island country.

During the talks, the two sides also explained their positions on the issue of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, the ministry said.

Seoul has maintained that the issue cannot be settled through a diplomatic deal, while Tokyo argues that Seoul must abide by the 2015 bilateral deal addressing the longstanding issue, which many victims argue was struck without sufficient consultations with them.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono before their talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Yonhap) South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono before their talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)

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