Japan, S.Korea agree to maintain 'maximum pressure' on N.Korea, says minister
13 March, 2018, 13:11
It added: "The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialog between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation".
Mr Trump boasted about the meeting on Twitter, writing that there was "great progress being made" and a "meeting being planned!"
He said Japan would work closely with the United States and South Korea including on solving the issue of Japanese citizens abducted in the past by North Korea.
Trump administration officials have said there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a meeting of the two nations' leaders.
On Friday, one day after Trump announced the Trump-Kim summit, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said any meeting with Pyongyang would be conditional with "zero concessions". The only requirements were the terms already on offer to North Korea: "They cannot engage in missile testing, they cannot engage in nuclear testing and they cannot object to US-South Korean joint military exercises".
"The offer was made and we've accepted". But in North Korea - as of Monday, several days after the announcement - not a word about it had been reported by the state-run media.
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They also dismissed criticism that Mr Trump's decision to meet elevated the North Korean leader on an global stage. But Chung reminded Trump that the inter-Korean summit will take place in April and suggested that he and Kim Jong-un meet once that's over.
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South Korean UN Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity". He also briefed Xi on his recent trip to Washington to arrange a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim. Pyongyang declared a year ago that it had pulled off the remarkable feat of becoming a nuclear power - a move thought to be aimed at gaining leverage in talks with the U.S.
Among them are Christian missionaries Kim Jung-wook, who was arrested in October 2013, and Kim Kook-kie and Choi Chun-kil, who have been held since 2014, the ministry said.
Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay worldwide action while strengthening its nuclear program. He noted in a tweet that North Korea has refrained from such tests since November and said Kim "has promised not to do so through our meetings".
Kono thanked Suh for his briefing and expressed his respect for Seoul's efforts which have led to a major breakthrough in North Korean issues, saying that "East Asia is just about to witness a miracle".
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Suh is set to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday, the spokesman added. Chung had spoken to Yang Jiechi , China's top diplomat, for three hours prior to meeting Mr Xi, the South Koreans said.
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