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FM Kono says it would be “desirable” to reach U.S.-DPRK denuclearization agreement by next year

NHK reported this afternoon that during a news conference today, Foreign Minister Kono said that since there is a presidential election every four years in the U.S., this constitutes a “time constraint.” He was quoted as saying that even if it would take time to physically eliminate North Korea’s nuclear arms and missiles, it would be desirable for President Trump to make a decision during his term of office to reach an agreement with the DPRK on the denuclearization process before the presidential election next year.


Asked to comment on the economic cooperation proposed by South Korea to help move denuclearization forward, Kono said his understanding is that this will have to come after sanctions are lifted, voicing the opinion that economic cooperation should not take place before progress is made in denuclearization.

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