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Kono: Tokyo, Beijing should cooperate more on N. Korea

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Foreign Minister Taro Kono, right, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi shake hands ahead of their meeting in Tokyo on Sunday.

Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) — Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Sunday that Tokyo and Beijing needed to work more closely together to denuclearize North Korea, in comments made during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Wang’s arrival in Tokyo comes ahead of a summit between the two Koreas this month and a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. The U.S.-North Korean talks are aimed at ending a stand off over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Wang’s trip also follows an official visit by Kono to Beijing earlier this year, and marks the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Japan in a bilateral context in nine years.

“We would like to cooperate further toward the common goal between Japan and China, of establishing a complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea,” Kono said as the two began talks in Tokyo.

The meetings also come after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier pledged to reset the sometimes fraught relationship between Asia’s two largest economies.

Wang said the visit was a response to Japan’s positive attitude toward China.

“Since last year, Japan has, in relations with China, displayed a positive message and friendly attitude,” Wang said at the meeting.Speech

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