TOKYO, The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea on Wednesday confirmed their joint efforts to end North Korea’s nuclear program, as they met in Tokyo in the first three-way summit in two and a half years.
“We will fully implement UN Security Council resolutions of North Korea’s various issues. This is a common position of the three countries,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a joint press conference after the three-way summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
In a special statement they issued, the three leaders also expressed support for the Panmunjeom Declaration following the inter-Korean summit on April 27, which calls for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The trilateral summit comes ahead of the first-ever US-North Korean summit in the coming weeks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Wednesday’s talks also come after the landmark inter-Korean summit late last month, and Kim’s surprise meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March as well as earlier this week.
“We must take the recent momentum towards denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and towards peace and security in Northeast Asia, and, cooperating even further with international society, make sure this is linked to concrete action by North Korea,” Abe said.
For his part, Li welcomed the nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and a return to dialogue. “China hopes for the restoration of dialogue and political resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue by successfully taking advantage of this opportunity.
It hopes for the realization of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and establishment of permanent peace through such an opportunity. China will continue to play a constructive role,” the premier said.
Meanwhile, Moon noted that the three leaders shared the view that denuclearization, and peace and stability in Northeast Asia are very important. We agreed that complete denuclearization, establishment of permanent peace and improvements in South-North Korea relations are very important to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia,” said Moon.
The leaders also discussed cooperation on economic issues. The three-way summit, which began in 2008, are supposed to be held annually, but Wednesday’s gathering marked the first since 2015 due to Japan’s tainted ties relations with its two neighbors over historical and territorial disputes. Li was the first Chinese leader to visit Japan in seven years, while Moon became the first South Korean president to be here in six and a half years.
Source: Kuwait News Agency