Japan Raps N. Korea for Recognizing Pro-Russian Separatists in Ukraine

Politics

Tokyo, July 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi criticized North Korea on Friday for recognizing the pro-Russian "republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent states.

At a press conference, Hayashi referred to a U.N. General Assembly resolution adopted in March calling on Russia to immediately retract its recognition of the two regions, controlled by pro-Russian militant groups, as independent.

"North Korea's decision, seemingly made to back Russia's actions, goes against the General Assembly resolution," Hayashi stressed.

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