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Japan seeks coordination with Ethiopia in dealing with N. Korea

  • August 27, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 8:23 p.m.
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ADDIS ABABA — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Sunday asked his Ethiopian counterpart Gebeyehu Workneh to closely coordinate with Tokyo in addressing North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, Japanese officials said.


During a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Kono explained the situation surrounding Pyongyang’s missile threat as well as its past abduction of Japanese citizens, the officials said.


Ethiopia is thought to have relations with North Korea and Kono apparently aimed to gain support from the African country on the matter.


After the meeting, Kono also held talks with officials of the African Union, whose headquarters is located in Ethiopia. Kono told them that Tokyo plans to set up a Japanese representative office in Addis Ababa next January to deepen communication with the African Union, the Japanese officials said.


Kono left for Africa last Wednesday to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of a Tokyo-led African development conference in the capital of Mozambique

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