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(LEAD) Key neighbors voice hopes for positive results from inter-Korean summit

All Headlines 17:08 April 27, 2018

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SEOUL/TOKYO/BEIJING, April 27 (Yonhap) -- Countries with high stakes in North Korea's nuclear issue voiced expectations on Friday for the inter-Korean summit to have positive results as the leaders of South and North Korea are set to unveil a joint statement from their meeting.

The Japanese government expects the summit to feature "positive" discussions toward "a comprehensive resolution" of the issues of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, as well as the North's nuclear and missile programs, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press briefing.

"I want to praise the South Korean government for its efforts that led to today's talks," the Japanese government spokesman said. "I think there will be serious discussion between the two leaders in the summit meeting," he said.

Referring to Moon's phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this week, the chief secretary also noted that the leaders are completely on the same page on their commitment to resolve the abduction issue.

Speaking to a press conference in Beijing, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also welcomed the hosting of the summit.

"China applauds the leaders of the two Koreas taking their first historic step and highly regards the leaders' political decision and courage," she noted. "China truly wants the latest historic talks to have positive results."

She also added that her country also "hopes that the talks could open up a new journey toward long-term stability on the Korean Peninsula."

Earlier on Thursday (U.S. time) the White House expressed hope that the two Koreas' summit will lead to peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

"On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, we wish the Korean people well," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula."


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