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Japan, Latvia agree on need for pressure on N. Korea

  • February 18, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 1:02 p.m.
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Munich, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan and Latvia on Saturday agreed on the need to maximize pressure on North Korea, which continues nuclear weapons and missile development despite international condemnation.

At a meeting in Munich, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkevics, confirmed that it is necessary to take all measures available, including the full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions, in order to boost the pressure on North Korea to the maximum

Kono later met with his Albanian, Macedonian and Armenian counterparts. To the Albanian and Macedonian ministers, Kono said Japan will implement the Western Balkans Cooperation Initiative, an assistance framework for countries in the region that are aiming to join the European Union.

The Japanese minister pledged 34.2 million dollars in fresh humanitarian and other assistance to South Sudan, at a meeting with the African country’s first vice president, Taban Deng Gai.

Japan will continue to support improvements in the situation in South Sudan, Kono said, also expressing hope that the civil-war torn African country will strive further toward national reconciliation.

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