Japan, South Korea urge North Korea to avoid provocation
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Posted 2/18/09

Japan, South Korea urge North Korea to avoid provocation
Thursday 12th February, 03:11 AM JST

SEOUL —
South Korea and Japan told North Korea on Wednesday to avoid provocative behavior and contribute to regional stability amid recent saber-rattling by the communist state.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone met in Seoul for talks that largely focused on North Korea, the global financial meltdown, Afghanistan and piracy off Somalia.

“Both of us shared concerns about North Korea’s intentional acts of stoking tension ... and urge North Korea to behave in a way that contributes to regional stability,” Yu said at a joint news conference with Nakasone.

Tension between the two Koreas has spiked in recent weeks, with the North declaring it would scrap peace agreements with the South, warning of a nuclear war on the peninsula and reportedly preparing to test a missile capable of striking the western United States.

The South Korean and Japanese ministers also agreed to cooperate to quickly rid North Korea of its nuclear programs under the framework of six-party talks that also involve the U.S., China and Russia, according to a South Korean Foreign Ministry statement. The disarmament talks have been stalled for months over how to verify the North’s past nuclear activities.

Nakasone said through an interpreter that he told Yu it is necessary to achieve a “comprehensive resolution” of the North’s nuclear and missile programs as well as its past abductions of Japanese citizens.

He also stressed that “close cooperation” with the United States is important to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff.

Nakasone said he and Yu will discuss North Korean issues with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, when she visits Seoul and Tokyo next week as part of her Asian trip that also includes stops in Indonesia and China.

In Washington, Clinton told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. is “hopeful” that North Korea’s recent bellicose behavior will not lead to threatening regional peace and stability. She said North Korea must understand that its neighbors see its behavior as “unacceptable.”

The South Korean and Japanese ministers also agreed to bolster their countries’ economic cooperation in the face of the ongoing global economic crisis, a South Korean Foreign Ministry statement said.

The statement said that South Korea and Japan agreed to cooperate to help the Group of 20 summit in London in April to work out concrete measures on reviving the world economy and containing protectionism.

The statement also said the two top diplomats agreed to help rebuild Afghanistan by launching projects to nurture vocational experts and assist its agricultural sector.

They also agreed to cooperate in fighting piracy in waters off Somalia. Both countries plan to send warships to the area and Yu said they can exchange related intelligence.

Ties between South Korea and Japan have been prone to repeated tensions because of issues arising from Tokyo’s colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910-45.

The Asian neighbors, however, are already key trade partners with two-way trade reaching $82.6 billion in 2007. The countries have recently agreed to expand currency swap deals to $30 billion amid the global financial turmoil.

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Posted 2/18/09
wtf who cares.

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Posted 2/18/09

Lechery wrote:

wtf who cares.



HAHAHAHA YEAH!
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and what now??

btw duude you made already a hell of topic's without your own opinion and wtf do we have to talk about now
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Posted 2/18/09

Baka-Master wrote:



and what now??

btw duude you made already a hell of topic's without your own opinion and wtf do we have to talk about now


LOOOOOOOOOOL..

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Posted 11/26/10
very interesting news may i say !
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it's very interesting news for me too...
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