S. Korea, China, Japan Agree to Hold Summit as Early as Possible

Write : 2015-03-21 19:28:17 Update : 2015-03-21 20:50:20

S. Korea, China, Japan Agree to Hold Summit as Early as Possible

South Korea, China and Japan held the seventh trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in Seoul on Saturday for the first time in three years. The three nations agreed to make efforts to hold trilateral summit talks as early as possible.

On the press release distributed after the meeting, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and Fumio Kishida of Japan announced their agreement to make efforts to hold summit talks between the heads of the three nations at the earliest time convenient to every party.

The trilateral summit has been postponed since May 2012 due to historical and territorial issues between the nations. Attention is being drawn to whether the summit will happen within this year.

South Korea and Japan reportedly expressed their wishes to hold the summit in the nearest future. However, China reportedly remained cautious about the summit citing historical issues with Japan. An early summit seems difficult.

The top diplomats expressed their hope for the trilateral cooperation to move forward in the path of reconciliation and agreed the meeting should be maintained and developed further as an important cooperative framework for peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

Regarding North Korean issues, the three confirmed their firm opposition to the nuclear development on the Korean Peninsula and agreed international responsibility and promises in the UN resolutions and the September 19th joint declaration should be sincerely carried out. The three nations agreed to continue concerted efforts to resume the six-party nuclear talks to make practical progress on the denuclearization of the Peninsula.

The three parties also agreed to make efforts together to strengthen trilateral cooperation, improve bilateral relations and properly deal with issues between the three nations, based on a mutual understanding that the three nations will move toward the future by squarely facing historical issues.

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