In light of North Korea’s daily barrage of war-like rhetoric and the uncompromising stance of the hermit nation regarding its nuclear program, Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will look to come up with concrete resolutions with Group of Eight (G-8) counterparts in how to ease the escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
Japan will be in the two-day G-8 forum together with member nations France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States starting on Wednesday in London, where the focus of the international group will be on North Korea, as Pyongyang is poised to go ahead with a fourth nuclear testing. Kishida had mentioned before he flew on to the Netherlands for the first leg of the trip that he hopes to find agreement within the G-8 forum about sending a strong message to North Korea via expanded U.N. sanctions, in the hope of finally getting a positive reaction from its government. “I intend to build close relations with foreign ministers from (other G-8) countries by communicating well with them on regional issues, such as North Korea and Iran,” Kishida said on Friday. Iran is also a progressing issue, especially on its nuclear development program. The Japanese minister would like for the group to also issue a call for Iran to resolve their nuclear issue peacefully.
Other topics will be brought to the table, as Kishida looks to be on a very busy schedule on this trip. U.S. Foreign Secretary William Hague will be serving as chairman at the gathering, and aside from North Korea, international concerns with Syria, Iran and Somalia will also be in the discussion pipeline. The G-8 forum will also look into Internet security, the democratic reforms in Myanmar, and transitions to democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Kishida himself will also be looking for side meetings with Russian minister Sergey Lavrov to again breach discussions towards resolving the territorial dispute between both countries.
[via Kyodo News]
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