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Japan wants its own North Korea summit

Japan wants its own North Korea summit

India and Japan will discuss cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the first high-level meeting since the Quadrilateral and iron out growing worries over bilateral trade as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on Thursday.

"The Japanese government has expressed a wish to host a leaders' meeting, via the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan", or Chongryon, Pyongyang's de facto embassy in Japan, the Asahi quoted the North Korean briefing papers as saying.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed on the evening of March 27 that Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks the previous day.

Japan's government is believed to be closely monitoring the progress for an expected US-North Korean summit.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, said, "Japan and North Korea have been negotiating through various opportunities and in various channels, such as through the embassy in Beijing".

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At a subsequent working dinner, the ministers affirmed the importance of maintaining maximum pressure on North Korea to compel it to completely, verifiably and irreversibly abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs, according to Japanese government officials.

Abe said he wants to remind Trump of his concerns during an expected trip to the USA next month.

North Korea has agreed to summit talks with South Korea in late April, and is also moving to arrange a meeting between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump by the end of May.

"It is important for the worldwide community as a whole to keep maximum pressure on North Korea until North Korea takes concrete steps toward complete irreversible and verifiable denuclearization", Foreign Minister Taro Kono told Reuters in an interview.

North Korea hopes to get US$20 billion (S$26 billion) to US$50 billion in aid from Japan if it normalises relations, the newspaper said. He also mentioned Japan's desire to settle North Korea's abduction of more than a dozen Japanese citizens during the 1970s and 1980s.

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