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Abe meets Moon, urges S. Korea to keep up pressure on Pyongyang

2018-02-10 10:13:35       source:Asahi Shimbun

February 9, 2018


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in not to fall for Pyongyang's friendly gestures and stay aligned with Japan and the United States in maintaining pressure on North Korea.


Abe met with Moon for an hour at a hotel near the venue for the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, to be held later on Feb. 9.


At the start of the meeting, Moon said, "The South Korean government will use the holding of the Pyeongchang 'Peace Olympics' to make every effort to construct permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula after resolving North Korea's nuclear issue."


Abe said, "After reconfirming the close, cooperative relationship between Japan and South Korea as well as among Japan, South Korea and the United States regarding issues related to North Korea, I want to have a frank exchange of opinions to construct a new future-oriented relationship between Japan and South Korea."


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