Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrived in Seoul on Tuesday afternoon for a two-day visit.
The two envoys, according to Seoul's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized building a future-oriented bilateral relationship along with joint coordination and communication among Seoul, Tokyo and Washington on how to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. The U.S. -North Korea summit will be the first of its kind in history.
She continued, "However, at the current stage, aside from the three general agenda items of denuclearization, establishment of peace and advancing of inter-Korean relations, we do not know what kind of detailed agenda will be put on the table at the summit".
After the meeting, a Japanese government official explained to reporters that the two foreign ministers had agreed to maintain maximum pressure until North Korea abandoned its nuclear and missile programs in a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" manner. The islets are known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.
He is expected to relay a request from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for Moon to bring up the matter of Japanese victims of North Korean abductions in the 1970s and 1980s when Moon meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The Japanese envoy also met with President Moon Jae-in, who said working together on North Korea was "more important than ever" ahead of the summits, the South's Yonhap agency reported.More news: Pompeo Vows to Boost State Dept., Confirms He 'Cooperated' With Mueller
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Both North Korean and foreign artists take part, and this year's week-long event includes concerts, dance performances and acrobatics.
The extent of the discussion on denuclearization at the inter-Korean summit, according to Gary Samore, former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction under president Barack Obama, should be limited to "South Korea having a statement, a communique of a North Korean intent to pursue denuclearization".
Mitchell Reiss, director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department during the George W. Bush administration, urged caution until it is better known what Kim means when he says he is willing to talk about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Kono expressed his respect for what he called Moon's personal efforts to realize the upcoming summits with the reclusive North Korean leader.
USA officials confirmed on Sunday that North Korea directly told the White House that Kim would be interested in talks and was prepared to discuss denuclearization at a summit with Trump. It was the first visit by Japan's top diplomat since the two countries signed a deal on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women at front-line brothels in December 2015. Despite facing challenges on historical and territorial issues, Kang emphasized cooperation in economics, culture and people-to-people exchanges.