Monday, June 22, 2009

S.Korean leader to visit Japan amid nuclear stand-off

SEOUL (AFP) — South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak will visit Japan on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Taro Aso, Lee's office said, amid growing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programmes.

During his one-day visit Lee will exchange views on topics including the North's nuclear issue, the presidential office said in a statement.

Lee will also discuss the state of Korea-Japan relations and regional and international cooperation, it said.

The South Korean leader is expected to brief Aso on his summit last week with US President Barack Obama in Washington.

Obama warned that a nuclear North Korea is a "grave threat" and said he would not tolerate its strategy of extracting rewards with belligerent behaviour.

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