Japan has expressed its zeal for the two Koreas on the possibility to face each other peacefully and lessen tensions in the peninsula. North Korea has initiated to have working-level talks with South Korea in Kaesong, a North border town, on Sunday. “We are watching closely. If they resume dialogue, [Japan] will hail the move,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Suga is particularly hopeful that the North and South Korean talks would “lead to a denuclearized North Korea and solution to other matters of concern.” With the North’s nuclear program, neighbouring countries have also become vigilant of its moves. Japan has become particularly watchful, as if the world’s warden over North Korea. “Japan will continue to respond to the North Korean issues in cooperation with the United States and South Korea,” said the Secretary.
North Korea had chosen a jointly ran factory park in Kaesong, which marked the inter-Korean cooperation for a long time. However, operations at the factory park has ceased when Pyongyang recalled 53,000 North Koreans about two months ago. More than a hundred South Korean companies served as the employers in Kaesong. The move only beefed up tensions between the two Koreas, when the North carried out a nuclear test early this year.