N. Korean Nuclear Issue Dominates Manila ARF

Write : 2017-08-08 09:16:36 Update : 2017-08-17 09:19:14

N. Korean Nuclear Issue Dominates Manila ARF

Anchor: The North Korean nuclear issue dominated the ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Monday in the Philippines. Top diplomats of South Korea and Japan held bilateral talks after the meeting but only reconfirmed their differences on the 2015 agreement on Tokyo’s wartime sexual slavery.
Lee Bo-kyung has more.
 
Report: The ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF) Foreign Ministers' Meeting opened on Monday in Manila, in which North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats were discussed as a key subject.
 
The United States, which played a leading role in producing new tougher sanctions against the North at the UN Security Council, strongly urged the ARF member nations to thoroughly implement the new resolution.
 
The ARF foreign ministers’ meetings usually release the chairman’s statement at the end of all meetings. This year, the statement is expected to contain much stronger terms for pressure against North Korea in light of the ASEAN foreign ministers’ joint statement condemning the North’s provocations and the UNSC’s adoption of strong sanctions.
 
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said that the chairman’s statement is likely to be adopted soon.
 
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held bilateral talks with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono right after the ARF meeting, but only reaffirmed their differences on the dispute over Japan's wartime sexual slavery.
 
Kono called on Seoul to faithfully implement the 2015 bilateral deal, while Kang said most Koreans don’t accept the deal.
 
Kang will attend a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN and wrap up her trip to the Philippines on Tuesday. 
Lee Bo-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

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