During a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today, Moon Jae-in said that "due to North Korea’s provocation, I think it has become desperately necessary to have closer relations between Korea and Japan."
President Moon met Prime Minister Abe in Vladivostok, Russia, where the Eastern Economic Forum is currently being held.
He said "because of North Korea's continued provocation, Japanese and Korean people are starting to worry a lot. I convey my words of comfort to the Japanese people. "
About the meeting, President Moon said, "We spent most of the time talking about the North Korean nuclear issue." He added, "today, we can not help discussing again the measures to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue."
The two previously met during the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7. As well as this meeting, the two leaders have spoken on the phone six times since the Moon Jae-in’s administration was launched.
This included talks on the Sept. 4 to discuss how to deal with North Korea's sixth nuclear test.
Abe said that “North Korea's recent successive provocations are a serious and urgent threat on a level we haven’t seen before from them.” He added, "we hope that Japan and South Korea and also Japan, South Korea, and the United States are able to cooperate.”
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