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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 15:14
ROK leader's envoy meets Abe over DPRK, US visits
By Xinhua
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 15:14 By Xinhua

Suh Hoon, left, National Intelligence Service chief of the Republic of Korea (ROK) meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, March 13, 2018. (KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)

SEOUL – A special envoy of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Tuesday met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to brief him on his visits to Pyongyang and Washington last week, the ROK presidential Blue House said. 

Shinzo Abe said the DPRK would not use this opportunity as a chance to buy time as it has to face big negotiations, the inter-Korean and US-DPRK summits 

Blue House, The Republic of Korea 

Suh Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), had a meeting with Abe for about an hour in Tokyo. Nam Gwan-pyo, second deputy director of the Blue House's National Security Office, accompanied him during the meeting. 

Abe said the DPRK would not use this opportunity as a chance to buy time as it has to face big negotiations, the inter-Korean and US-DPRK summits, the Blue House said.

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The Japanese leader wanted to see a resolution to the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens from talks with the DPRK and that Pyongyang must match its words with actions.

He expressed his gratitude to Moon for sending special envoys to Japan to explain the result of visits to Pyongyang and Washington. 

He also paid respect to the leadership of Moon for bringing positive changes to the inter-Korean relations and the denuclearization process. 

Suh and Chung Eui-yong, top security adviser for Moon, met with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un last week in Pyongyang where Kim agreed to hold a summit meeting with President Moon in late April in the truce village of Panmunjom. 

Suh and Chung brought Kim's message to Washington where the special envoys met with US President Donald Trump.

National Intelligence Service chief of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Suh Hoon, center right, talks to reporters after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not in the picture) in Tokyo, March 13, 2018. (KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)

Trump accepted Kim's willingness to hold a DPRK-US summit, saying that he would meet with Kim by May to achieve a permanent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday met with Chung, special envoy of President Moon, in Beijing to hear the briefing on the ROK envoys' visits to Pyongyang and Washington.

*With inputs from Reuters

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