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Parties' floor leaders push for trip to Japan for peace diplomacy

All Headlines 15:53 August 05, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- The floor leaders of three major parties are pushing for a trip to Japan early next month as part of their bipartisan efforts to support ongoing diplomacy to foster a lasting peace on the peninsula, a ruling party source said Sunday.

Reps. Hong Young-pyo, Kim Sung-tae and Kim Kwan-young, the whips of the ruling Democratic Party, main opposition Liberty Korea Party and Bareunmirae Party, respectively, are seeking to visit Tokyo following their trip to the United States last month.

"The senior lawmakers are seeking to visit Japan to meet with ruling and opposition party lawmakers in Tokyo and government officials, as it is an important period for diplomacy and security," a source from the Democratic Party told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.

Following the Japan visit, the floor leaders will likely visit other major countries, such as China and Russia, later this year, another source familiar with the issue said.

Stepped-up diplomacy by the lawmakers comes amid Seoul's push to denuclearize North Korea and foster a lasting peace on the peninsula.

This file photo, taken July 18, 2018, shows the floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties posing for a photo before their departure for the United States at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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