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Denuclearizing N. Korea and mending ties with Japan top foreign affairs agenda

Denuclearizing N. Korea and mending ties with Japan top foreign affairs agenda

Meanwhile, South Korea plans to continue its
push to denuclearize the Korean peninsula while improving relations with Japan.
South Korea′s foreign ministry laid out these plans during a press conference on Monday.
Our Connie Kim reports. Denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and mending
bilateral ties with Japan are the main goals for South Korea′s foreign affairs ministry
this year. At a press briefing on Monday, Foriegn Affairs
Minister Yun Byung-se emphasized that the government will create a system in which inter-Korean
talks and denuclearizing the Korean peninsula can work hand-in-hand.
South Korea has vowed to find ways to deter provocations from North Korea.
This will be driven by a so-called “Korean formula” that aims to denuclearize North Korea
and revive the six-party nuclear talks, stalled since 2008.
The “formula” consists of methods and preconditions for restarting the multilateral talks,…
based on the agreements reached by the nations party to the talks including the two Koreas,
China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. The nations have agreed on the need for a
swift denuclearization process and creative ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiating
table. Seoul′s foreign ministry also outlined plans
for addressing one of the most contentious issues for the South the wartime sexual enslavement
of Korean women by Japan. Minister Yun emphasized that he hopes to see
improved bilateral ties between South Korea and Japan, as this year marks the 50th anniversary
of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Adding that the high-level talks on wartime
sex slavery could bring about a change in their bilateral relations, Minister Yun said
Seoul hopes to see some of the changes coming from the Japanese government.
Korea wants Japan to properly compensate the victims of sexual enslavement.
Japan claims the issue was resolved through a 1965 bilateral treaty.
To narrow their differences, a Korean and Japanese delegation are in Tokyo for talks
on the issue. Resolving the issue was a precondition for
the first summit between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.

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