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Abe, Moon seek further N. Korea steps

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae In agreed Wednesday that their countries will cooperate with the United States in urging North Korea to take further steps toward its complete denuclearization.

Abe and Moon also affirmed cooperation by their countries to resolve promptly the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals, according to officials familiar with their talks in Tokyo.

The Abe-Moon meeting took place after the two leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a three-way summit in the Japanese capital in the morning.

Moon, who took office a year ago, is the first South Korean president in seven years to travel to Japan. His visit followed a South Korea trip by Abe in February, when the prime minister attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

During the bilateral talks, the Japanese and South Korean leaders agreed to develop a future-oriented relationship between their countries and fully resume so-called shuttle diplomacy, with each country’s leader making reciprocal visits to the other country.

Abe demanded that South Korea steadily implement its agreement with Japan in December 2015 to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the issue of Korean comfort women.

The prime minister also urged the South Korean side to prevent a statue symbolizing Korean victims of forced labor by Japan during World War II from being set up in front of the Japanese consulate general in Busan, as planned by a South Korean labor group.Speech

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