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Many LDP officials have doubts about effectiveness of U.S.-DPRK agreement

Saturday’s Asahi reported on a joint meeting of LDP’s Foreign Affairs Division, National Defense Division, and Headquarters for the Abduction Issue held on Saturday. The paper wrote that while Prime Minister Abe expressed support for the outcome of the U.S.-DPRK summit by saying that it marked “the first step toward a comprehensive resolution of various issues,” many LDP officials voiced doubts about the effectiveness of the agreement reached at the U.S.-DPRK summit. One member reportedly said: “It was perfect for North Korea since the details of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) were not mentioned.” Another reportedly said: “The language on denuclearization was toned down. Nevertheless, saying that it is the same thing as CVID is wishful thinking.” Mainichi also reported on the LDP’s joint meeting, saying that while many members expressed support for the idea of holding a Japan-DPRK summit, some expressed caution, saying that “North Korea may take advantage of Japan if a summit is held in a hasty manner.”

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