• Staff report


Japan is not convinced that North Korea is ready to abandon its nuclear arms program despite recent signs of a compromise, Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi told a visiting South Korean official Wednesday.

“Judging from recent moves, I believe there are positive signals from North Korea,” Kawaguchi told Ra Jong Yil, the Blue House national security adviser, according to a ministry official. “But they are not clear enough for us to be confident” that the North will abandon its nuclear weapons program.

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