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Japan, S.Korea, China discuss Korean Peninsula + Related Article

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 21, 2011

The foreign ministers of Japan, South Korea and China have agreed to work together for stability on the Korean Peninsula following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Japanese foreign minister Koichiro Gemba spoke by phone on Tuesday with his counterparts, Kim Sung-hwan in South Korea and Yang Jiechi in China.

Gemba urged them to closely cooperate and share information. He stressed the importance of preventing a negative impact on the Korean Peninsula from Kim’s death.

Kim Sung-hwan reportedly told Gemba that this is an important period for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

He added that the situation must be handled in a calm and cautious manner.

Yang Jiechi told Gemba that China is ready to make an active contribution to maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region. Yang added that China hopes Japan and North Korea will resolve the abduction issue through dialogue.


N.Korea continues to mourn Kim’s death


High-ranking North Korean officials have paid their respects to the country’s late leader, Kim Jong Il.

Kim’s body is in a glass coffin at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang. The mourners included diplomats stationed in the North Korean capital.

His son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, visited the palace on Tuesday, one day after his father’s death was announced. The young Kim bowed in front of the coffin, apparently holding back his tears.

TV footage showed North Korean officials bowing toward the coffin, with solemn music playing in the background. Wailing mourners could also be seen in the video.

When North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung died in 1994, Kim Jong Il took part in a memorial ceremony that was held two days after the announcement of his father’s death.

The ceremony to mourn Kim Jong Il’s death was held at the same venue with the same music. This apparently indicates that the nation’s leadership has been handed down to the 3rd generation of the Kim family.

North Korea’s state-run media say that more than 5 million people visited the statue of Kim Il Sung or other sites to mourn Kim Jong Il’s death one day after the announcement.


Laaska News.