• Kyodo News


Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada agreed with his South Korean counterpart, Yu Myung Hwan, on Saturday that denuclearization steps by North Korea should come before talks on a peace treaty with the United States or the lifting of sanctions, as proposed by Pyongyang, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Yu, meanwhile, expressed his “expectations” with regard to Tokyo’s move toward granting local suffrage to permanent foreign residents in Japan, most of whom are of Korean descent, according to the official.

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