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World Japan and North Korea should talk, South Korea's Moon says

09:01  08 may  2018
09:01  08 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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"This initial round of talks is for the improvement of relations between North and South Korea . "We cannot say talks are the sole answer," Moon said . "If North Korea engages in provocations again However, he said historical issues should be separated from bilateral efforts with Japan to safeguard

(Photo provided by North Korea ' s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 29, 2018 and redistributed by AFP). According to the South Korean president's spokesman, Kim told Moon in their summit meeting that North Korea was ready for talks with Japan .

a man wearing a suit and tie: South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Peace House © REUTERS South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Peace House

Japan and North Korea should begin talks to normalize relations between the two countries and contribute to peace and stability in the region, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a Japanese newspaper on Tuesday.

"In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed," Moon said in the interview with the Yomiuri newspaper.

"If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean peninsula," he said in written answers to questions submitted by the newspaper.

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“I think dialog between Japan and North Korea should be resumed,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese newspaper Yomiuri on North Korea had been expected to be high on the agenda but a senior Chinese diplomat said last week Pyongyang would not be a focus of the talks .

At Moon's summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, both sides agreed to work toward denuclearization. Kim said during that meeting he was "ready to have a dialogue with Japan anytime", Moon told the newspaper.

There was no immediate comment from the Japanese government, which has called Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs the toughest security threat facing Japan since World War Two.

Moon's interview was conducted ahead of a summit on Wednesday between Moon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Tokyo.

North Korea was expected to be high on the agenda but a Chinese diplomat said last week the talks were about regional cooperation and not focused on the Korean peninsula

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SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean President Moon Jae In said on Monday (Feb 26) the United States and North Korea should both give ground so they can sit down to talks to try to Japan not satisfied with North Korea ' s pledge to stop nuclear tests, will continue pressure: Defence chief.

Japan will host a summit with Li and South Korea ’ s President Moon Jae-in in Tokyo on May 9 to discuss regional issues, where North Korea had been expected to be high on the agenda.

Nevertheless, months of frosty relations between Beijing and Pyongyang appear to have thawed since Kim's secretive visit to Beijing in March, where he met Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Analysts said Kim's meeting with Xi strengthened North Korea's negotiating position by aligning the two nations ahead of Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.

A high-ranking North Korean official visited the Chinese city of Dalian this week, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said on Tuesday, citing multiple anonymous sources.

The North Korean official flew in a private plane and arrived at Dalian airport on Monday amid heavy security, Yonhap said. It did not identify the official.

In the interview, Moon said Kim's desire for "complete denuclearization" laid the groundwork for the future summit between the United States and North Korea, although it remained to be seen if concrete steps were agreed at the talks.

Trump has said he will maintain sanctions and pressure on the North and "not repeat the mistakes of past administrations", and has said his tough stance had led to the breakthrough.

Moon said Kim was "a very open and practical person" and both leaders had a mutual goal for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"From now on, based on our deep mutual trust, we'll make bold steps toward peace and prosperity, and unification," Moon said.

(This version of the story corrects date of North Korean visit in paragraphs 10,11)

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; additional reporting by Ju-min Park in SEOUL; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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