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U.S, Japanese diplomats discuss North Korea

  • May 9, 2019
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All national dailies reported that Special Representative for North Korea Biegun held talks with MOFA Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General Kanasugi yesterday to exchange views on North Korean issues including the recent launch of projectiles. The senior USG official reportedly called the launch a “reflection of impatience” on the part of the Kim regime. The two officials agreed to strengthen bilateral coordination as well as trilateral coordination with the ROK to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. diplomat reportedly explained the current status of and prospects for bilateral denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. According to Mainichi, Biegun voiced understanding for Prime Minister Abe’s desire to hold a summit with Chairman Kim “without preconditions.”

 

In a related development, Asahi and Yomiuri highlighted comments made on Wednesday by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson. The official reportedly explained that the recent launch of short-range projectiles “was not directed at anybody, but was part of normal training for self-defense and did not aggravate the regional situation.” The official reportedly emphasized that “some elements” have described the launch as a “provocation.”    

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