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Ahead of a summit with North Korea, South Korea is exploring ways to improve inter-Korean relations to a sustainable level and develop them even under worldwide sanctions, Seoul's point man on the North said Monday. He also visited the Seoul National Cemetery to pay tribute to Korean War veterans before returning to Japan.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize North Korea, bring permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula and improve inter-Korean ties.

"Yes, typically when we have the opportunity to sit down and talk with countries where we have tremendous differences, that is something that does come up", department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a press briefing, when asked if Pyongyang's human rights record would be taken up during the first-ever U.S.

Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono made a rare visit to Seoul armed with a list of issues Tokyo wants to push onto the agenda of the April 27 summit between North and South Korea.

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The lawyer representing the victims says the compensation is not enough. "I won the baby lottery for sure", she said. Two other accomplices were convicted of similar charges, and were sentenced to three years and four years in prison.

South Korea hopes that North Korea and the United States will agree on a road map toward denuclearization and quickly implement key steps before Mr. Trump's term ends in January 2021, according to scholars advising Mr. Moon's government.

It was the first visit to South Korea by a Japanese foreign minister in more than two years.

Diplomatic sources said Kono is anxious that Japan could be left out of talks on the Korean Peninsula.

A trilateral Seoul-Beijing-Tokyo summit will be held in Tokyo around May 9.

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Japan has said North Korea abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens to train agents in the Japanese language and culture to spy on South Korea.

Kang expressed hope that the upcoming summits with North Korea would serve as a major turning point to achieve denuclearization, adding that Seoul also hopes for cooperation with Japan to achieve their shared goals regarding the North Korea crisis.

But Seoul can not provide massive economic benefits to North Korea as worldwide sanctions target curbing inflows of hard currency to the regime out of concerns over its nuclear and missile programs.

Moon said last month that Japan cannot unilaterally declare the wartime issue "over", while Japan says any attempt to modify or scrap the deal, signed by Moon's predecessor Park Geun-Hye, could hurt relations.

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