TOKYO — Japanese and Cambodian defense ministers on Tuesday affirmed that North Korea should give up its nuclear and missile programs, a day after the U.N. Security Council adopted a new sanctions resolution against Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test.”
I highly appreciate that (Cambodian) Prime Minister Hun Sen is calling on North Korea to abandon” its nuclear and missile ambitions, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said at the outset of the meeting with his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh in Tokyo.
The Cambodian defense minister, who also serves as the country’s deputy prime minister, replied that his country’s leader has shown “a clear stance in responding to the threats on the Korean Peninsula.”
The two ministers also agreed during their talks to further cooperate over capacity-building efforts related to U.N. peacekeeping operations, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry.
The PKO issue is of mutual interest to Japan and Cambodia, as Japan sent its first peacekeeping mission to Cambodia in 1992. The Cambodian defense chief also showed interest in the transfer of Japan’s defense equipment and technology, telling Onodera that there are “strong needs” in his country.