Abe, Shanahan Affirm Cooperation over N. Korea


Tokyo, June 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, at their meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday, confirmed their countries' cooperation on issues related to North Korea.

Shanahan, slated to be nominated as defense secretary, vowed that the United States will continue to demand that North Korea abolish all of its nuclear weapons and missiles in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

Shanahan also pledged continued U.S. support for Japanese efforts to resolve the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.

Abe and Shanahan agreed to promote international cooperation to block North Korea's offshore ship-to-ship cargo transfers, in order to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against the reclusive country.

The two also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in a bid to counter China's increasing assertiveness.

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