Abe, Li, Moon to cooperate on denuclearization of North Korea

Abe Moon to press

Abe Moon to press

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday his nation will normalize ties with North Korea if the nuclear and missile issues, along with that of the abduction of Japanese citizens, are solved comprehensively.

We also look forward to the meeting between the U.S. and North Korea and will be pleased to see a meeting between North Korea and Japan and hope it would resolve issues of interest to Japan.

Leaders of the three Asian powers, whose ties have been strained by territorial and historical disputes, also touched on economics in the face of US trade pressure on China and Japan. "North Korea meeting", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

In late March, Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing and held talks with Xi, his first known trip overseas since he assumed power in 2011.

Anchor: The leaders of South Korea, Japan and China pledged their support for the Panmunjeom Declaration at a trilateral summit in Tokyo on Wednesday.

"The momentum of the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability in North-East Asia has to be led to North Korea's concrete actions, " Abe said after the meeting.

During a surprise trip to China this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country would abandon its nuclear weapons in the absence of a security threat, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

They did agree to fully implement various economic sanctions against North Korea as laid out in resolutions passed by the U.N. Security Council.

The leaders discussed Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme and supported free trade.

Abe said he is "looking forward to visiting China (again) at an appropriate time" following a request from Li.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the China-Japan-South Korea trilateral meeting, yet this is the first summit for two-and-a-half years due to historical and territorial disputes between the three countries.

The pact, a decade in the making, also provides for regular meetings between defense officials and a mechanism for their naval vessels to communicate at sea to avert maritime incidents.

"China plans to push for a healthy, safe bilateral relationship with South Korea, and push for the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula together with South Korea", he said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

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