Japan offers DPRK summit, Pyongyang discussing meeting with Japan-Asahi

Thursday, 2018-03-29 07:00:13
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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, holds talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China. At the invitation of Xi, Kim paid an unofficial visit to China from March 25 -28. (Photo:Xinhua)
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Japan has sounded out the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) government about a bilateral summit, and Pyongyang has internally discussed the possibility of a leaders' meeting with Japan, Japan's Asahi newspaper said on March 29.

The government of Kim Jong Un has discussed with leaders of the country's ruling Korean Workers Party of the possibility of summits with Japan, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed DPRK source and briefing papers.

"The Japanese government has expressed a wish to host a leaders meeting, via the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan," or Chongryong, Pyongyang's de facto embassy in Japan, the Asahi quoted the briefing papers as saying.

Kim met President Xi Jinping in China this week, his first trip abroad as DPRK leader. Summits with RoK President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump are being planned for April and May, respectively.

The newspaper, in an article from Seoul, said the Kim government had explained its bilateral diplomatic plans for the Republic of Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

Reuters via Asahi
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