Japan set to host trilateral summit on North Korea

Japan, along with South Korea and China, is set to hold a trilateral summit in Tokyo next week, the latest move in a diplomatic whirlwind centered around North Korea, the South Korean government says. 

Seoul announced on Tuesday that the gathering on May 9 would bring together South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

The South Korean presidential office said in a statement that Moon would “share the result of the inter-Korea summit and discuss ways to strengthen trilateral cooperation to denuclearize and establish peace on the Korean peninsula” during a day-long visit to Tokyo.

In the Japanese capital, Moon will also have a separate summit with Abe to discuss ways to develop “future-oriented ties” with Japan, the statement added.

All three of the neighbors are deeply involved with North Korea.

In a separate development on Tuesday, the South Korean president called for UN inspectors to help verify the shutdown of North Korea’s nuclear testing site at Punggye-ri.

The heads of state of the two Koreas held a historic summit at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on April 27.

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