Japan Calls for Cooperation on N. Korea Denuclearizationv


Singapore, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Saturday called for cooperation to realize North Korea's denuclearization at a meeting of an East Asia Summit ministerial meeting.

At the meeting in Singapore, many participants, also including from the United States, China, Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, highlighted the importance of the denuclearization of North Korea and the full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against the reclusive state.

Kono sought close cooperation among the participating countries to realize the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of North Korea's ballistic missiles and nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

He also asked for collaboration to strengthen measures for preventing North Korea from evading sanctions and bring about an early resolution of the issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens.

According to a source accompanying Kono on his visit to Singapore, no proposal was made to relax the sanctions, even from China or Russia.

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