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Moon says N Korean leader wants to normalize ties with Japan

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Conditions for how the rest of the world must behave towards NK were set in a 1953 treaty. Nothing new is needed. They will stop misbehaving on their own.

Sanctions are working. The newly added ships provided by Japan and Canada looking for NK import violations will help very much too.

After NK begins working towards real unification, then other countries can trade.

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There is nothing wrong with talking to North Korea, but those here who think that Kim will give up nukes are not listening to what he is saying. That has never been on the table, and will never be on the table. As for Trump's contribution, it has been to encourage Kim to complete his nuclear program as quickly as possible, and to make the US look irrelevant.

Now it's done, and Kim will ask the US to remove any nuclear equipment from its own bases, ships, subs, etc. That is what Kim means by denuclearization. He will ask to US troops to leave the area as well, because the area is now, you know... peaceful. If you don't see trouble coming, you must be trying not to see it.

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rlperez, the USA does NOT want to dominate the world. USA only want real world peace, and knows that there will never be real world peace. There never has been. Never. Nations that desire world peace absolutely must have a strong military. That is reality. There will always be some dictator somewhere who oppresses his people to stay in power. We must assure those dictators that they WILL NOT be allowed to expand their dictatorships to free nations.

Meanwhile, I sure hope this Korean situation turns out very good for all Korean people, and the whole world.

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TumbleDryApr. 29 10:49 pm JST

OssanAmerica: nobody would let Japan jeopardize the negotiations.

Japan has not jeopardized anything. Perhaps only in your biased mind. The US and South Korea have accepted the abduction issue to be relevant to the discussions. North Korea itself has now agreed and stated that it wants to normalize relations with Japan. So just exactly what is being "jeopardized"?

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Relations between Japan and NK will never be normalizes because the US will not allow it. The US uses the differences between Japan and NK as an excuse for maintaining military bases in both Japan and SK. The foreign policies of both Japan and SK are dictated by Washington and the US foreign policy is world domination.

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OssanAmerica: nobody would let Japan jeopardize the negotiations.

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Alex80Today 04:13 pm JST

I know that Japan haters will dislike this news, but this kind of news, that show how all the countries are actually working together

Exactly. The reality is that Japan has not been "sidelined", that the abductions issue (which is not just a Japan issue) has not been disregarded by the U.S., South Korea and even North Korea itself.

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Good news, nice to see diplomacy working.

I know the Japan haters will still complain about the abduction issue, but only a heartless soul will see complete fault in this.

While I do think it is a very worthy issue to pursue, it is something that should be pursued later after ties have been established.

Abe must never forget that while he can pursue the abduction issue as much as he wants, Kim can also pursue formal compensation and apologies for Japan's brutal occupation of the Korean peninsula pre and during World War 2.

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I know that Japan haters will dislike this news, 

What exactly is a Japan hater?

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I doubt "sanctions are working". They never worked for the past decades.

The truth is way more complicated than what the mass media reveal to us, ordinary citizens.

I mean, they are saying literally that the exchange of threats and insults between Kim and Trump produced this great result, and someone thinks also Trump could deserve the Nobel prize (that is a joke anyway) for this.

Are we even serious? They are telling us, that "threats and insults" is the best way for peace.

Nothing does make any sense anymore, in this crazy world...And ordinary citizens are treated literally like idiots.

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Sanctions are working. NK is seeking any way out.

What I'd like to see:

Plan to unify with SK.

Removal of all missile and nuclear weapon work

End of war

Freedom of travel, communications, press, speech for everyone there.
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This is great but the whole show looks strange and smells funny.

They spend so much effort the develop a nuclear arsenal and mean of delivery to give everything up.

NK also wants to be friends with everyone now.

It’s not a few missiles that changed their mind.

W declared NK part of the “Axis of Evil” and went on leveling Iraq. They weren’t scared then.

Well, it was KJU’s father at that time but...

This 180 reversal is suspicious to me.

I wonder what happened in China during KJU trip.

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Turns out KJU is a pretty decent bloke haha! Should make him an honorary member of JT.

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Abe feels isolated and worried when he saw North Korea leader met with Chinese and South Korea’s leaders and a planning meeting with Trump.

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I agree with most comments here but most definitely not all of them.

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I wonder why North Korea has been quiet about "comfort women" and "slave labor"

Because no one has enslaved the Korean people more than the Kim regime.

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@zichi: I know how to do to adress a poster, but I had forgot to put your nickname, and we can't edit our post.

Anyway, overall I agree with you, I mean, it's probably an utopian scenario to think that North Korea will accept all the conditions that the West is requesting, without something in return.

But my point is that those requests are not made by Japan only. They are mainly American requests. Japan can give financial assistance to North Korea, like it made with China and South Korea for decades after the normalization of the relationships with those Countries. But that's all. I think you know better than me that the U.S. are the ones who should and could do the key move to satisfy North Korea (and China): complete withdrawal of American soldiers from South Korea. Is this also possible? I doubt it.

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I wonder why North Korea has been quiet about "comfort women" and "slave labor" which South Korea has annoyed us persistently. I think we can build better relationship with North Korea than South Korea.

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@Alex80

if you actually want to address a poster better to start your comment with their name.

@Denuclearization of North Korea isn't something that only Japan is asking. It's the main reason why there are these bilater summits in the first place. What could Japan give to North Korea? The same things Japan gave to China and South Korea, after normalization of the relationship with those Countries, that at time were still very poor, happened some decades ago: financial assistance.

"Denuclearization" probably means different contents to different countries. Does not mean the same for all. We have North Korea, South Korea (they are the two main players), China, Russia, America and Japan.

I don't believe at this point North Korea would just give up all of its nuclear weapons without something substantial in return from South Korea, America and Japan.

There's would be the ultimate aim of a united democratic Korea with no nuclear weapons and no presence of any US military. That is unlikely to happen in the immediate future. A united Korean could only happen if it was financed by America, China, South Korea and Japan. The burden for South Korea would be too great.

I would not be surprised if North Korea wants to keep the atomic weapon it has but develop no more. I also think both China and Russia would agree to that.

Everything you listed like wanted from Japan, it's something that the international community wants, not only Japan. The only Japanese problem in your list is the Japanese people abducted.

I can have a better idea what Japan wants from North Korea since I live here in the country. I can't know what North Korea would expect in return. We will have to wait at least until after the Kim-Trump summit and then the Kim-Abe summit.

Having a country like NK with atomic bombs, drones capable of delivering chemical agents and nerve gas, and the testing of missiles are all major problems for Japan and not just the abductees.

I don't think the progress will be a fast one because the devil is in the detail.

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What will Japan give in return?

Japan would provide assistance to compensate for suffering up to August 1945. But there is no need to pay for N. Korea undoing its bad behavior on abductions.

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at time were still very poor

at that time were still very poor*

Fixed.

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My post was clearly for @zichi.

Everything you listed like wanted from Japan, it's something that the international community wants, not only Japan. The only Japanese problem in your list is the Japanese people abducted.

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@Denuclearization of North Korea isn't something that only Japan is asking. It's the main reason why there are these bilater summits in the first place. What could Japan give to North Korea? The same things Japan gave to China and South Korea, after normalization of the relationship with those Countries, that at time were still very poor, happened some decades ago: financial assistance.

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What would "normalize" mean for Japan.

Denuclearization of Korea. The removal of all atomic bombs. The permanent shut down of the reactors producing uranium and plutonium. The ending of missile testing over Japan. Probably the ending of missiles but Japan would probably have to do the same. The removal of all chemical agents and nerves gas. Official end to the Korean War.

Then there's the difficult and impossible situation with the Japanese people abducted.

What will Japan give in return?

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I know that Japan haters will dislike this news, but this kind of news, that show how all the countries are actually working together someway, makes these summits more believable to me. We can't know what there's behind the scenes, but maybe (maybe) this time we could get at least some kind of stability in the peninsula for a longer time.

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