May 22 - Leaders from South Korea and China meet in Japan for the North Asia Summit. Julie Noce reports.
EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo told a news conference that developments on the Korean peninsula are getting better. Wen, together with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke to reporters during the annual North Asia summit. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER, WEN JIABAO, SAYING: "We are happy to see that at present, the developments on the Korean peninsula are easing slightly, with increased interaction between the various sides. We've also noted that many uncertainties persist and the basis for dialogue remains fragile." In regards to restarting the Six Party nuclear disarmament talks... Kan said that would only happen if North Korea showed it was serious about it. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, NAOTO KAN, SAYING: "In order to induce detailed behavior from North Korea, we have come to an agreement to cooperate among the three countries. Also, in order for the Six Party talks to re-start, it is important for North Koreans to show sincerity at the North and South Korea talks." In 2005, North Korea had agree to abandon its nuclear programmes... but the country's unpredictable leaders often commit to actions they don't carry out. The three leaders will continue meeting throughout the weekend on a number of issues including ways to help Japan in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami. Julie Noce, Reuters