N Korea missiles not in declaration

2012-05-14 13:04
Beijing - The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea have issued a post-summit joint declaration that makes no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions - one of the most pressing issues in the region.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are in Beijing for a trilateral summit and both told reporters of the need to prevent "provocations" from North Korea after the main meeting on Sunday.

But a Japanese official said on Monday that China, Japan and South Korea were not able to agree on suitable wording for the 50-point declaration of cooperation issued after the summit - hosted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

"Of course there was agreement on issues such as avoiding escalation and further North Korean provocation," said the official, who was accompanying Noda and refused to be named.

Disagreement over wording

"But on the exact phrasing of the paragraph and how it should be included in the declaration, there was no agreement."

The official declined to go into detail about the disagreement over the wording, but China - North Korea's most powerful foreign friend - is generally believed to favour a cautious policy towards the isolated regime.

Fears of a third North Korean nuclear test have grown following a failed rocket launch by Pyongyang last month that the United States and its allies said was a disguised ballistic missile test banned under UN resolutions.

Satellite photos have recently shown work in progress at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and as such Pyongyang's atomic and rocket programmes had been expected to be high on the agenda for the summit.

Lee said on Sunday that the three countries had agreed that they would "not accept" further North Korean nuclear tests.

Noda, meanwhile, called on the three countries to strengthen cooperation in order to "further prevent provocations" by North Korea in future, while Wen urged involved parties to "use their wisdom" and "keep patient".

Read more on:    lee myung-bak  |  yoshihiko noda  |  north korea  |  china  |  japan  |  south korea
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

Hottie of the day: Charlotte

Meet our hottie of the day, Charlotte. She feels sexiest after a good workout at the gym!

 
 

Men24.com

This is why guys shouldn’t be in photos
BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike
Want to start talking dirty?
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life, beliefs, prejudices and everything she once believed in utterly transformed by the greatest man of her time. Now R221. Pre-order now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You have the ability to lead and take up campaigns that can sway the crowd and make things happen. There can be a slightly...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.