Seoul, Tokyo Differ on Trilateral Talks for Pyongyang Denuclearization

(From UPI)

Tokyo and Seoul have conflicting stances on whether three-way talks with China this week should include the term “complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement” of North Korea’s nuclear program.

South Korea’s presidential office said Monday a special statement added to a joint statement following Wednesday’s trilateral summit would not include the term, or CVID, but would uphold last month’s Panmunjom Declaration.

The news comes amid Japanese media reports that Tokyo wants CVID in the trilateral statement, which say pressure on Pyongyang must continue until the complete and irreversible denuclearization of the North is realized, Yonhap reported.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed on full denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. However, the document did not mention CVID.

Observers believe Seoul is leaving room for extensive discussions on terms of denuclearization for the summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump this month.

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