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Abe, incoming U.N. chief discuss cooperation on N. Korea

  • December 21, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 4:06 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO, Dec. 21, Kyodo — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the United Nations’ incoming secretary general on Wednesday discussed cooperation in their response to North Korea, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.


In their first telephone conversation since Antonio Guterres was sworn in earlier this month, Abe said it is vital that the U.N. Security Council’s latest resolution on sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s nuclear tests, be stringently enforced.


The Japanese leader also expressed a wish for U.N. cooperation on the issue of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals, the ministry said.


Abe also said Japan hopes to work more closely with the United Nations to contribute to peace, development and the stabilizing of conditions in restive South Sudan, where Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces personnel are participating in a U.N. peacekeeping mission, and to support U.N. efforts in Syria.


Guterres responded that North Korea, South Sudan and Syria are all important challenges, and that he hopes to cooperate closely with Japan. He described Japan as a crucial contributor to the United Nations in finance, policy and strategy, the ministry said.

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