Japan Detects Apparent Chinese Ship Breaking N.Korea Sanctions

Japan Detects Apparent Chinese Ship Breaking N.Korea Sanctions

Lavrov passed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kim, saying he wished him success in the "major undertakings that have been initiated on the Korean peninsula", the ministry said in a statement.

In April, the U.N. Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, including five based in China.

The North and Japan held foreign ministers talks back in 2015 on the sidelines of the ARF in Malaysia.

Even so, Japan's decision to direct the suspicion complaint towards the United Nations is expected to have been provoked by the news of former North Korea head of military intelligence, Kim Yong Chol, heading to the U.S. to try and salvage the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Despite North Korea's warning, Seoul said that it would continue its joint military exercise with Washington. The monitoring is part of efforts to maintain pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize.

Japan is also weighing high-level, direct talks with North Korea, potentially an August meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers, local media said Wednesday.

On May 26, Kim had an unannounced meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is acting as a go-between for the high-stakes summit between the North and the USA since the recent breakthrough in détente between Seoul and Pyongyang, to get the summit with Trump back on track.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to confirm the reports. "Nothing has been decided, including whether or not the minister would attend the Asean related meetings", he told a regular press conference.

A second day of meetings between top diplomatic officials of the United States and North Korea are underway in NY, in an attempt to discuss nuclear disagreements and prepare for a planned historic summit between leaders.

The last ministerial-level talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang were in 2015, also on the sidelines of an Asean meeting.

Trump had been scheduled to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12, but the meeting was thrown into doubt after the USA leader said he was cancelling it.

Abe will meet Trump on June 7 to discuss the talks and stress the importance of the abduction issue for Tokyo.

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