February 8, 1979
Cable from the British Embassy in Tokyo to the British Embassy in Seoul, 'Visit of Deng Xiaoping'
FM Tokyo 080700Z Feb 79
TO Immediate FCO
Telegram Number 101 of 8 Feb
INFO Immediate Seoul Washington and Peking
Routine Moscow and Hong Kong
Saving All EEC Posts
M.I.P.T (Not to All)
Visit of Deng Xiaoping
In briefing EEC ambassadors on 8 February on Korea Takashima said that Deng began by referring to the recent exchanges as a “good omen”. He said that the views expressed by North Korea had been the position of its govt not just non-governmental bodies.
2. Takashima went on to say that each of his Japanese interlocutors (Mr Chira, Mr Fukuda and Mr Tanaka) had asked Deng whether China would not open some sort of dialogue with South Korea. They had done this at the urging of South Korean politicians who had recently come to Japan. Deng said that he did not think such a dialogue would be useful at this time. He did not want to put any pressure on North Korea. He said that he had told President Carter that the total withdrawal of all U.S. forces would not adversely affect the situation in the Peninsula. He was confident that North Korea would not launch an attack. He believed the military forces of North and South to be in balance. (Takashima commented that this last point did (not) represent the Japanese view).
A summary of remarks made by Deng Xiaoping to Japanese officials regarding developments on the Korean Peninsula.
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