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Japan, Australia confirm cooperation over N. Korea

Japan and Australia’s foreign ministers say they want to work closely together toward achieving the denuclearization of North Korea.

 

Toshimitsu Motegi met his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, in New York on Tuesday.

 

Motegi said the cooperation is important as regional security and freedom face increasing challenges. Payne agreed to close ties with Japan on these issues.

 

The ministers agreed that the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions is important to realize the denuclearization of North Korea.

 

They also said they would tackle the illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods involving North Korean vessels.

 

In addition, Motegi asked for understanding and cooperation from Australia to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. Payne expressed her support.

 

Before the meeting, Motegi met Japanese officials working at UN organizations.

 

He told them that he hopes to strengthen ties between Japan and the United Nations and that the government will help officials to play a more active role at the UN.

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