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Kishida discusses North Korea with counterparts in central Asia

Yomiuri reported from Turkmenistan that visiting Foreign Minister Kishida on Monday held talks with his counterparts from five central Asian nations, including Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, during which they agreed to enhance mutual coordination to dissuade North Korea from pursuing nuclear and missile development. They issued a joint statement condemning Pyongyang’s relentless provocations. Noting that the participants also agreed to increase economic and cultural exchanges with Tokyo, the paper noted that Japan is anxious to deepen ties with these “resource-rich” Asian countries so as to weaken their diplomatic and economic dependence on China and Russia.  

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