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Special Representative Biegun discusses DPRK with Japanese officials

  • September 15, 2018
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Saturday morning’s Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote that Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held talks with Foreign Minister Kono on Friday at MOFA, saying that the two officials confirmed close bilateral cooperation between the United States and Japan and trilateral cooperation with South Korea to achieve peace and stability in Northeast Asia through the complete denuclearization of the DPRK. The papers added that the two officials also confirmed that the United States and Japan will continue to work together to resolve the abduction issue. Mainichi wrote that the U.S. and Japanese officials also discussed the DPRK’s demand for the issue of an official declaration of the end of the Korean War.


Sunday’s Yomiuri wrote that Special Representative Biegun held talks with Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General Kanasugi on Saturday at MOFA, speculating that the two officials discussed U.S.-Japan strategy for North Korea ahead of the inter-Korean summit to be held on Tuesday. The paper conjectured that the two officials agreed that it would be premature to issue a declaration of the end of the Korean War as requested by the DPRK until Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward denuclearization and that the sanctions based on UN Security Council resolutions must be maintained.


Sunday’s Mainichi wrote that Kanasugi told Special Representative Biegun that Japan is ready to provide financial and personnel assistance for IAEA inspections in the DPRK if Pyongyang allows the inspections to take place. The paper speculated that the U.S. official probably explained to Kanasugi the current status of U.S.-DPRK talks on denuclearization. Sunday’s Sankei wrote that the U.S. and Japanese officials agreed on the need for the steady implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the DPRK, including measures to prevent ship-to-ship cargo transfers.


Saturday’s Yomiuri, Asahi, and Sankei wrote that Special Representative Biegun met with family members of Japanese abductees on Friday. The papers wrote that Takuya Yokota, the brother of abductee Megumi Yokota, expressed hope for U.S. support by saying that the families are seeking the return of all abduction victims.

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