SEOUL (Kyodo) Japan, South Korea and the United States should work together to bring China aboard in getting a strong United Nations resolution over North Korea’s underground nuclear test last month, opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak agreed Friday.
Hatoyama and Lee reached the agreement during a meeting at the Blue House presidential office, his aides said.
In a separate meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong O, Hatoyama also called for “stern measures” to deal with North Korea’s military threats that have raised tensions in the region, according to Yonhap news agency.
Hatoyama was making his first overseas trip since being elected leader of the Democratic Party of Japan last month.
“The most important point is to induce North Korea to a table of dialogue, and (South) Korea and Japan, which are geographically close to North Korea, are required to cooperate with each other and also take stern measures as part of a ‘carrot and stick’ approach,” Hatoyama said during his meeting with Kim, according to Yonhap.
On bilateral ties with Japan, Lee told Hatoyama that Japanese political leaders “need courage” to address issues of history.
“Koreans are prepared to make strides toward the future if Japan makes determination in the issue of history,” presidential spokesman Lee Dong Kwan quoted the president as saying.
“(Japanese) political leaders need courage (in this regard),” the president was quoted as saying.
On North Korea’s military threat, Lee said Pyongyang will not be able to achieve what it wants because South Korea, the U.S. and Japan stand united, and China is supporting that stand.
“North Korea is running backward too fast when history is moving forward at a quick pace,” Lee was quoted as saying.
Hatoyama told Lee said there is a tendency in Japan to glorify it colonial era, but added there are people who “look squarely” at the past.
“There are no people like that (glorifying the past) in the Democratic Party of Japan and we should not be tied to nationalism,” Hatoyama was quoted as saying.
Lee said the DPJ’s attitude toward history and relations in Northeast Asia are “in line with the trend of the times.”
Hatoyama said, “Japan, unlike (South) Korea, has not had a change of political power in a true sense of the word.”
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