President Park Geun-hye received a phone call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this afternoon. The two leaders exchanged views on matters including their assessments of and future responses to North Korea’s fourth nuclear test for approximately 15 minutes.
The two leaders shared a common understanding that the North’s fourth nuclear test poses a grave threat to stability not only on the Korean Peninsula but also in the region and the international community. They both acknowledged the need for close cooperation between Korea and Japan as well as among Korea, the United States and Japan, and additionally, with China and Russia, given the paramount importance of cooperation among the relevant countries in the region in dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue.
They also agreed that North Korea should be made to pay the corresponding price for pushing ahead with the nuclear test despite repeated international warnings, and in this sense, agreed to work closely together to first ensure the expeditious adoption of a UN Security Council resolution that includes strong and effective measures.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe noted that the agreement on the comfort women issue, which was concluded at the end of last year, provides momentum for the two nations to work more closely together in addressing the common challenge of the North Korean nuclear issue. President Park stressed the importance of the faithful implementation of the agreement to achieve a positive cycle in the advancement of the bilateral relationship.
In Particular, President Park noted the importance of taking extra care to ensure that words and actions that are at variance with the spirit of the agreement, and therefore add to the pain of the victims, are not reported through the press, and underscored that such remarks and actions are by no means helpful to resolving the issue through the agreement.
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