Japan, S. Korea Agree to Work Closely for N. Korea Denuclearization


Hanoi, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on Tuesday reconfirmed close cooperation between their countries and among them plus the United States in realizing the denuclearization of North Korea.

The Kono-Kang meeting was held in Hanoi, prior to the third meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from Sept. 18.

Kono said that he expects the inter-Korean summit will lead North Korea to take concrete actions toward its denuclearization.

After the meeting, Kono told reporters that he believes achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula absolutely remains the top priority for the international society.

The ministers exchanged views ahead of the 20th anniversary next month of the 1998 Japan-South Korea joint declaration, which called for the establishment of future-oriented bilateral relations.

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