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FM Kono asks ROK President Moon to raise abduction issue at inter-Korean summit

All national dailies reported on Foreign Minister Kono’s meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul on Wednesday. The papers wrote that although Kono asked ROK officials to put the abduction issue on the agenda of the inter-Korean summit slated for April 27, the South Koreans stopped short of making a commitment. Yomiuri wrote that Kono and Moon agreed to maintain maximum pressure on Pyongyang and work closely with the United States.

 

Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Nikkei wrote that although the two nations agreed to cooperate in policy toward North Korea, there remain differences between them, with Tokyo attaching importance to pressure and Seoul giving priority to dialogue.

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