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2018 May 9 - 15 [POLITICS]

Japan's pressure-only approach to resolving North Korea issue differs from that of China and South Korea

May 11, 2018
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on May 10 held a press conference in the Diet building and pointed out that Japan's approach to resolving the North Korea issue significantly differs from that of China and South Korea.

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo the day before attended the Japan-China-ROK Summit followed by a meeting held separately with the Chinese prime minister and with the South Korean president in Tokyo. Abe in these meetings again insisted on his policy of exerting maximum pressure on North Korea.

Shii said, "Those meetings made it clear that the Abe government lags far behind the governments of China and South Korea in coping with the issue," and indicated the concern that Japan's pressure-only approach would hamper not only negotiations but also the global effort to work to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and ROK President Moon Jae-in, according to the Blue House, agreed that the international community including the United States must actively take part in ensuring a bright future for North Korea through a security guarantee and support for its economic development in case North Korea completely denuclearizes, instead of demanding North Korea unconditionally denuclearize.

Shii said, "This is a very realistic approach to take, and I believe this will be a key to breaking the deadlock as well as to bringing about success to the upcoming U.S.-DPRK summit."

Shii added, "This is also the approach, the JCP has been calling for the six relevant parties to take since early April, which is to denuclearize and build a peace structure in an integrated and phased manner."

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> Japan should also commit to contributing to peace-building on Korean Peninsula [April 28, 2018]
> North and South Korean leaders' handshake with smile was joyful event: Japan-Korea friendship association [April 28, 2018]
> Japan should contribute to Panmunjom Declaration's goal of building peace on Korean Peninsula [May 1, 2018]
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