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Japan & S. Korea: "Grand bargain"

2009-10-10 13:17 BJT

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Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are in Beijing for a summit on regional security and economy.

Before they traveled to Beijing, Hatoyama and Lee Myung-bak met in Seoul, discussing the stalled DPRK nuclear negotiation. Their reactions to the issue have drawn attention from all sides.

The "grand bargain" plan is the centrepiece of the meeting between the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and South Korean President Lee-Myung-bak The package was put forward by Lee Myung-bak, aiming at the denuclearization of the peninsula.

After discussion, Hatoyama expresses his agreement.

Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Prime Minister, said, "I agreed with President Lee's comprehensive deal over North Korea's nuclear or missile development. Unless there is a precise change in North Korea's actions, we will not provide economic cooperation. North Korea's will to change must be seen."

According to the "grand bargain" plan, the international community will guarantee security and provide aid to the DPRK as it abandons its nuclear programs.

Lee Myung-bak says he is confident the DPRK will return to the nuclear talks.

Lee Myung-bak, South Korean President, said, "I think DPRK will deeply consider South Korea's suggestion (of a 'Grand Bargain'). I think DPRK also understands the package will open a way for it to give up nuclear power. This is the last method we can do."

DPRK withdrew from the six-party talks in response to international condemnation for a rocket test in April and a nuclear test in May.

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