Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Sri Lankan counterpart Tilak Marapana had discussed the issue during Kono’s just concluded Sri Lanka visit.
“The two Ministers agreed on the need for full implementation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions with regard to North Korea,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Meanwhile, Japan’s public broadcasting organization NHK reported that the Japanese Government says there is no change in its policy to maximize pressure on North Korea despite the inter-Korean talks slated for next Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono had reiterated that Japan, the United States, and South Korea have agreed to work together to press North Korea to change its policies.
The South Korean Government announced on Friday that North Korea agreed to hold inter-Korean talks on January 9th. It will be the first such meeting in about 2 years.
Japanese officials acknowledge South Korea’s desire to have North Korean athletes participate in the Olympics and to make the event a success.
But they are also voicing concern that the move might affect Japan’s policy toward North Korea.
A senior Foreign Ministry official said it is obvious that the North is trying to cause a rift among Japan, the US, and South Korea.
Kenji Kanasugi, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, will visit Seoul next week to reaffirm bilateral cooperation.
The ministry also intends to reaffirm the unified goal of the international community to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula through foreign ministers’ meetings scheduled later this month in Canada and other occasions. (Colombo Gazette)