South Korea calls Abe aide's visit to Pyongyang 'unhelpful'
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea Thursday criticised an "unhelpful" visit to North Korea by a senior aide to Japan's prime minister, saying it weakened the united front needed to deal with Pyongyang.
Mr Isao Iijima arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on a visit that clearly surprised both Seoul and Washington, which have been working closely with Tokyo on coordinating North Korea policy.
South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai Young said it was "important" that the US and its two close allies continue to work in tandem.
"In that sense, we think that the visit by Iijima to North Korea is unhelpful," Mr Cho said.