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Japan-South Korea summit to take place during Nuclear Security Summit

  • 2016-03-30 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: March 30, 2016 – p. 2)

 

 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced at a press conference on March 29 that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Washington from March 30. Abe is expected to hold talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on March 31. The government is now making arrangements for a meeting between Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

 The planned Japan-South Korea summit will be the first one since the two governments reached an agreement on the comfort women issue last December. The two leaders intend to discuss the implementation of the agreement and expedite improvement in the bilateral relations.

 

 The purpose of Abe’s visit to the U.S. is to attend the Nuclear Security Summit to be held on March 31 and April 1. On March 31, the leaders of Japan, the U.S., and South Korea will hold talks at which they will agree to cooperate closely in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches. This will be the first trilateral summit since the one held in March 2014 in the Netherlands. Suga said at the press conference: “The three leaders will share their views on the increasingly severe security environment in East Asia due to such issues as the North Korean nuclear issue.”

 

 Abe is also expected to meet separately with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. He will ask Trudeau for cooperation for the G7 (Ise-Shima) Summit in May. (Slightly abridged)

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