Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

N. Korea's elite told a summit with Japan could come in June

N. Korea's elite told a summit with Japan could come in June

Among the discussions will be the next steps in the Quadrilateral engagement between India-Japan-US-Australia, a project initiated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007, which was revived in 2017, with a meeting of officials of all four countries.

"We have been communicating with North Korea through various occasions and means such as a route via our embassy in Beijing, but I would like to refrain from going into specifics", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The source says North Korea's government recently briefed the higher echelons of the ruling Workers' Party about the possibility of a meeting between Kim and Abe.

Summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump are being planned for April and May, respectively.

Suga welcomed plans for an April 27 meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas as a sign of progress resulting from global pressure on North Korea.

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While the United States is viewed by North Korea as the only country that can guarantee its security, Japan is regarded as the only nation that can provide significant economic support, the source said.

Un had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping but details of the talks have not been fully revealed.

Japanese government officials say North Korea may also hold a summit with Russian Federation.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday arrived in Japan's capital Tokyo on a three-day visit to Japan during which she will co-chair the Ninth India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Kono said in an interview Tuesday Japan was closely watching preparations for the North-South Korean summit and the Trump-Kim meeting. According to the Japanese publication, North Korea is also hoping to acquire anywhere from US$20 billion to US$50 billion in aid from Japan on the condition it is able to normalize relations. Bilateral relations have been strengthened in diverse sectors in recent years, the MEA added.

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