April 8, 2000 |
In a sign of easing tensions with longtime rival Japan, North Korea will allow a Japanese woman married to a North Korean to make a rare visit to her homeland, a North Korean government source said. Kamo Hyo Gyong, 72, was expected to travel to Japan this month to celebrate the 70th birthday of her brother, who runs a botanical garden near the foot of Mt. Fuji. Kamo's brother, Mototeru Kamo, gained fame in North Korea for breeding a hybrid flower dedicated to Kim Jong Il, the North's leader.
April 7, 2000 |
Japan and North Korea reported no progress today after their first round of talks in eight years aimed at establishing diplomatic relations, but the two sides agreed to meet again in Tokyo next month. After three days of talks in North Korea, the top negotiators for both nations said they had "reconfirmed the need to continue talks on normalizing ties."
April 5, 2000 |
North Korean and Japanese negotiators expressed confidence today that they will be able to bridge differences in their first talks in eight years on establishing diplomatic relations. Kojiro Takano, Japan's chief negotiator, and his North Korean counterpart, Jong Thae-kwa, exchanged remarks at a banquet held at the Foreign Ministry guest house in the countryside outside Pyongyang, the capital. "We must strive hard to build trust and work toward establishing diplomatic ties," Jong said.
March 8, 2000 |
The Japanese government said Tuesday that it will give hunger-stricken North Korea 100,000 tons of rice and will reopen talks on normalizing relations. Tokyo is restarting talks with the Communist regime in North Korea because diplomatic ties are essential for stability across the region, Chief Cabinet Secretary Mikio Aoki said. Officials will hold the first round of talks in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the second in Tokyo, and the third in Beijing or another country, Aoki said.
December 23, 1999 |
Japanese and North Korean officials agreed Wednesday to continue talks on establishing diplomatic ties but were unable to announce plans for the start of formal negotiations. A Japanese Foreign Ministry official who attended the two sessions of talks spread over two days said the North Korean side showed a strong desire to improve relations with Tokyo. He said the parties agreed to meet early next year and will probably again hold the negotiations on neutral ground in Beijing.
March 28, 1999 |
North Korea said Saturday that it had nothing to do with the incursion of two suspected spy ships in Japanese waters last week. The intrusion triggered a tense pursuit by Japanese coast guard and military ships, which fired warning shots, the first since 1953. The unidentified vessels, disguised as fishing boats, fled to a North Korean port, Japanese officials said.