Washington stations around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North Korea, which invaded the South in 1950, and protect US interests in northeast Asia.
‚It is only a matter of time before Pyeongyang and Washington call it an end to the state of war on the divided peninsula,‘ said President Moon Jae-in,… just a day before embarking on a tour around Europe, where Moon is expected to seek support for establishing permanent peace in Northeast Asia.
The recently held Inter-Korea summit seems to have created some progress towards a peace treaty, and the potential for the nuclear disarmament of North Korea. While the countries of the immediate region and United States are deemed to have the most a stake in a less hostile posture on the Korean peninsula, Australia also has a significant interest in the development of greater trust and cooperation between the two Koreas.
Q: What role do you want Japan to play to solve North Korea’s nuclear issues and achieve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula?
A: Japan will be able to fulfill a very important role in the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula. I think this is true for such various fields as close cooperation among South Korea, Japan and the United States for the achievement of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and North Korea for the security of the North Korean regime. In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed. If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula.