PM meets with Abe, pledges close cooperation with Japan on N.K. issue
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that South Korea will try to realize peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in close cooperation with the United States and Japan.
"The South Korean government has never forgotten even for a moment that cooperation from the international community, including the U.S. and Japan, is essential in realizing the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization and peace," Lee said during a meeting with Abe on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok.
Referring to an upcoming third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un set for later this month, Lee also said the meeting is expected to produce meaningful progress in efforts to realize peace and denuclearization, and contribute to the resumption of talks between the U.S. and the North.
Lee said the South will keep Abe up to date every time a new development happens.
Abe stressed the importance of the complete denuclearization of the North in efforts to realize regional peace and stability. He also said he appreciates Seoul's consistent efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and play a bridging role between the U.S. and the North.
Abe also called for continued close cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo, and trilaterally with the U.S.
Abe expressed thanks for President Moon sending him a warm message of sympathy after Japan was hit by a powerful typhoon and an earthquake last week. He also said he will work closely with Moon to boost relations between the two countries.
Source: Yonhap News Agency