• 최종편집 2024-06-18(화)
 

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[LeadersTimes]LeeJoon-il,theDirector-GeneralforNorthKoreanNuclearAffairsatSouthKorea’s foreign ministry, held a series of discussions with representatives from the UnitedStates, Japan, and China during the 32nd Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD),whichtook place from May9 to 10 inTokyo, Japan.

  

On May 9, Lee met with Liu Xiaoming, the Special Representative of the ChineseGovernmentonKoreanPeninsulaAffairs.Theyexchangedviewsonthecurrentsituationonthe peninsula and discussed future countermeasures.

 

On the same day, Lee held talks with the U.S. Senior Official for the DPRK Jung Pak andHiroyukiNamazu,theDirector-GeneralofAsianandOceanianAffairsBureauattheJapan’sforeign ministry. The three leaders expressed deep regret over North Korea's continuednuclear and missile development and provocations, which poses a serious threat to peace andstabilityon theKorean Peninsula andto the internationalcommunity.

  

The representatives also shared their concerns about the deepening illegal cooperation,including arms trade, between North Korea and Russia, and decided to continue leadinginternational efforts to prevent such activities. In particular, as members of the SecurityCouncil, they agreed to push for thorough implementation of sanctions against North Korea.This comes after Russia's veto ended the UN Security Council's expert panel mission onNorth Korea. The three countries also evaluated cooperative efforts among South Korea, theU.S., and Japan, including a working-group meeting on countering North Korea's cyberthreats.

   

The envoys agreed to continue cooperation on human rights and humanitarian issues,including matters concerning abductees, detainees, prisoners of war, and North Koreandefectors overseas.LeeexplainedSouth Korea'sunificationeffortstoexpand universalvaluesoffreedomandhumanrights,whileU.S.andJapaneserepresentativesreaffirmedtheirsupport for a free and peaceful unified Korean Peninsula as expressed in the Camp Davidjoint statement.

  

On May 10, Lee discussed North Korea's nuclear issues with U.S. senior official Jung Pak.They agreed to maintain close cooperation with the goal of complete denuclearization. Theyalso discussed preparing for all possibilities, including potential provocations from NorthKorea such as an additional satellite launch and unilateral attempt to change the status quo inthe West Sea. Following the successful operation of the South Korea-U.S. Working Group tocounter cyber threats, they agreed to continue efforts to prevent North Korea from evadingsanctions and blocking illegal funding sources. Lee highlighted South Korea's efforts toimprove human rights and humanitarian issues in North Korea, and both sides agreed tostrengthen their cooperation in these areas. They emphasized the importance of China'sconstructive role in resolving Korean Peninsula issues and agreed to maintain communicationwith China through various levels of consultation.

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