The historic first meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye finally happened on Tuesday in a trilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama. Relations between the two East Asian countries have been frosty as of late and the first formal talk is seen as a major step in repairing the situation.
At the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague, the three leaders agreed to work closely on dealing with the North Korean threat, as the reclusive state continues with its nuclear and missile weapons test despite continued demands from the international community. Obama emphasized that this meeting was crucial to strengthen the US’ alliance with the two countries, which will “uphold regional peace and security.” Park meanwhile said that she welcomes this “very significant” chance to be able to exchange views with the two leaders especially given their current situation with Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, Abe vowed to work with Seoul and Washington in order to “take positive steps” with North Korea in their continued quest to have them discontinue their tests that threaten to disrupt the status quo in the region, as well as to deal with the humanitarian issues that have been brought up against them. Japan is set to resume high level talks with North Korea this coming week in order to discuss the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 70s and 80s, which has been a stumbling block towards the establishment of a diplomatic relationship between the two neighbours.
[ via Nikkei ]
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