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China, Japan and South Korea agreed Wednesday to cooperate in seeking the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying recent positive momentum must be matched by "concrete action" by North Korea.

Abe also asked his two counterparts for cooperation in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.

Noting that the next year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the China-Japan-South Korea cooperation mechanism, Li urged businesses of the three countries to join hands not only to bring benefits to the three countries but also to provide new driving force for world economic growth.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Tokyo for an official visit to Japan on Tuesday evening.

"Above all, we reached the consensus that complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, a permanent peace settlement and improvement of South-North relations is very important for peace and prosperity of Northeast Asia", Moon said.

The two also agreed on the possibility of starting research activities regarding a railway project to connect their two countries, via North Korea, it said.

North Korea has recently voiced its commitment to denuclearization.

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At the start of the 75-minute meeting, Abe said, "Japan, China and South Korea must cooperate with the global community and strongly ask North Korea to take specific action" toward denuclearization, namely abandoning its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

While the three leaders were holding talks on Wednesday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, arrived in Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the first-ever US-North Korean summit between President Donald Trump and Kim, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

The South Korean president asked for China's continued support, especially for the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit that he earlier said may decide how and when North Korea will give up its nuclear ambition.

Abe said he is "looking forward to visiting China (again) at an appropriate time" following a request from Li.

After their talk, Abe and Li oversaw the signing of an agreement to set up a security hotline to defuse possible maritime incidents that could spark tensions.

In remarks to journalists, both men hailed warming ties between their countries with Li saying better relations between them was contributing to global stability and development.

"China plans to push for a healthy, safe bilateral relationship with South Korea, and push for the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula together with South Korea", he said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.


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