Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed the summit between leaders of North Korea and South Korea, but urged Pyongyang to take “concrete action” on the peninsula’s denuclearisation and other issues.
“Today President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un held earnest discussions about North Korea’s denuclearisation. I want to welcome that as a positive move toward comprehensive resolution of various issues concerning North Korea,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo, according to AFP.
“We strongly hope that North Korea will take concrete action through this meeting and a summit between the US and North Korea,” he added.
It is the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade.
Both leaders hammered out a joint statement that is short on concrete steps and heavy on aspirational goals following talks on Friday for a demilitarized zone between the countries, The Guardian reported.
The statement is mostly about holding more talks between the two side on issues ranging from families divided by the Korean war to transport links.