Japan, Philippines agree sanctions on North Korea should remain in place

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 20 2018 04:42 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2018 04:43 PM

TOKYO—The foreign ministers of Japan and the Philippines on Wednesday agreed that UN sanctions against North Korea need to be strictly implemented for it to take meaningful action toward denuclearization.

During a meeting here with Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono stressed the need for North Korea to take "concrete" steps following the unprecedented US-North Korea summit on June 12 in Singapore, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at the summit, but a joint statement issued with US President Donald Trump lacked details on how to fulfill that promise.

Kono and Cayetano also discussed the situation in the South China Sea, where China has been aggressive in pushing its territorial claims and continuing with its militarization of artificial islands in the area, the ministry said.

Kono said Japan is ready to strengthen cooperation on maritime security with the Philippines and Cayetano welcomed Tokyo's proposal, it said.

The Philippines, along with some other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has overlapping territorial claims with China in the disputed sea.

During the meeting that lasted about one hour, the two ministers also discussed issues ranging from terrorism to infrastructure-building, and agreed to deepen bilateral ties, according to the ministry.