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Suga says he will “monitor developments” related to inter-Korea relations as Mangyongbong moors in ROK

At his press conference on Feb. 7, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, “The entire international community is heightening pressure on North Korea, and actions that go against (that policy) must be avoided. I would like to share information with South Korea and carefully observe trends in inter-Korea relations in regard to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Games.” His comment was in relation to North Korean cargo-passenger ferry Mangyongbong-92, which put in at port in South Korea in relation to the Olympics.


Concerning the inter-Korean dialogue, Suga said: “North Korea aims to buy time to continue its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.” He emphasized again that Japan, the United States, and South Korea have jointly adopted the policy of placing maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

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