South Korea, China Agree: North Korea Should Get Economic Aid for Denuclearization

Frederick Owens
May 13, 2018

The three countries agreed to maintain economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea as it carries out its denuclearisation process, whilst also promising to provide aid should it keep all promises.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and more than 1,400 representatives from both countries participated in the event, which Li said showcased a wide range of common interests shared by the two countries. But it would not cover those near the uninhabited islets known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China, which are controlled by Tokyo and also claimed by Beijing.

Referring to the reason why his current visit included Hokkaido, the premier noted that it has been a key area for Japan's modernization and agricultural development.

Moon, Abe and Li held their discussions at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Wednesday morning, before the South Korean leader departs in the afternoon.

Visiting Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan (R) shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko during their meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on May 9, 2018.

"The Secretary-General hopes that the joint resolve of the countries in Northeast Asia will strengthen the path to achieve lasting peace and prosperity in this region", the spokesperson added.

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Forty years later, the two sides should continue to follow the spirit of the treaty, said the premier.

The Secretary-General "welcomes" the trilateral meeting and their cooperation for "the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the United Nations chief's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement issued yesterday.

"But cooperating under the belt and road plan will be good for Japan too, because it's an opportunity for Japan to reach broader markets through this New Silk Road".

Japanese Emperor Akihito said he often recalls the moment when he was warmly welcomed by the Chinese people during his visit to China over 20 years ago, and strongly felt the hearts of the two peoples were connected.

Mitter said while there was no doubt relations between the two major East Asian powers had warmed considerably, many questions remained over how long the goodwill would last.

Since World War II, China and Japan have had a rocky relationship, often driven apart by lingering resentment over Imperial Japan's atrocities during the war.

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