Moon Orders Thorough Preparations for Inter-Korean Summit

11 April, 2018, 17:04 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Koreas to Discuss Resuming Cultural Exchanges After Summit

Ahead of a summit with North Korea, South Korea is exploring ways to improve inter-Korean relations to a sustainable level and develop them even under global sanctions, Seoul's point man on the North said Monday.

Japan's Taro Kono met South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul on Wednesday.

Although the South considers the human rights issue as "important" at present its top priority is denuclearisation and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The hugely emotional matter of Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II has soured ties between the South and Japan for years.

The remarks came one day after a group of some 40 nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch, sent a letter to the South Korean president asking him to press human rights issues when he sits down with the reclusive North Korean leader on April 27 for an inter-Korean summit.

"To reform the management of the organisation, the KIEP has reportedly requested the resignation of Jae H Ku, director of USKI", seen as more conservative than the new liberal South Korean administration, "and Jenny Town, vice-director of USKI, a request the thinktank dismissed", the Korea Times said.

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But Seoul can not provide massive economic benefits to North Korea as global sanctions target curbing inflows of hard currency to the regime out of concerns over its nuclear and missile programs.

A trilateral Seoul-Beijing-Tokyo summit will be held in Tokyo around May 9. The islets are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

Kono arrived in South Korea late on Tuesday, on his first visit to the country since becoming foreign minister in August previous year.

"Kono expressed Japan's stance on "comfort women" and Dokdo, and Kang explained our stance over "comfort women" and made clear that the South can not accept any argument by Japan over Dokdo", the ministry said in a statement.

The NGOs have also called on South Korea to urge Kim to follow the United Nations recommendations on human rights. Park was subsequently impeached over a corruption scandal and sentenced to 24 years in prison last week.

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