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N Korea Hopes To Improve Ties With Japan: S Korea Professor

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Pyongyang hopes to improve relations with Tokyo because neighboring countries such as Japan supported North Korea when it was on the verge of collapse in the 1990s, a prominent South Korean academic said Thursday.

Speaking at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, Yun Duk-min, a professor at South Korea's Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, said North Korea does not want to unify with South Korea, nor be subservient to China

Yun added that Pyongyang is concerned about relations with Japan worsening because of its abduction of Japanese citizens and will probably seek to improve ties.

The conference was organized by The Nikkei and the Japan Center for Economic Research.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.