Mongolia intends to help realize Japan-North Korea summit
Foreign Affairs Minister said Mongolia will contribute to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons as well as the peace and stability of the region as a responsible member of the international community.
Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar Damdin has expressed his intention to play a role in realizing a summit between Japan and North Korea. In a recent interview with Kyodo News in the Mongolian capital, Tsogtbaatar said he hopes to help the two countries share some perceptions regarding the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the secluded state decades ago. In February, the Japanese government asked the foreign minister of Mongolia, which traditionally maintains friendly ties with Pyongyang, to cooperate in resolving the abduction issue. Tsogtbaatar also said Mongolia will contribute to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons as well as the peace and stability of the region as a responsible member of the international community. He called on countries to hold dialogue with North Korea, saying dialogue is the only way to resolve problems. Diplomatic sources said in March that the Japanese government had conveyed to North Korea its desire to hold summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Abe wants Kim to resolve the issues of past abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea as well as Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, saying that implementing the Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration signed in 2002 will bring economic benefits to Pyongyang, the sources said at the time. The declaration calls on the two countries to establish "a fruitful political, economic and cultural relationship" between them through the settlement of "unfortunate past" between Tokyo and Pyongyang and the "outstanding issues of concern."