Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono confirmed his country’s determination to establish constructive dialogue between Tokyo and Moscow at a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. Kono said that he “is glad to see the ongoing intense political dialogue” led by the two countries’ leaders, TASS reports.
The newly-appointed Japanese foreign minister remarked that his grandfather took part in peace treaty negotiations between Japan and the Soviet Union. Further on the issue of North Korea two countries foreign minister agreed for cooperation to bring change in attitude of North Korea by dialogues at various fora.
Japan’s new Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have agreed to cooperate in dealing with North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches and other provocations.
The two foreign ministers met in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, on Monday for the first time.
Lavrov said he has had fruitful dialogue with Kono’s predecessor, Fumio Kishida, and wants to do the same with Kono.
Kono responded that his father and grandfather, both politicians, played a role in Japan-Soviet and Japan-Russia ties. He noted that he wants to have constructive discussions with Lavrov.
Regarding North Korea, Kono said strengthening pressure on the country is necessary to change its behavior.
The two ministers welcomed the adoption of a new sanctions resolution against the North by the UN Security Council. They confirmed their countries will cooperate to deal with the North at the UN and other venues.
Leaders of both countries agreed to hold vice-ministerial-level talks in Moscow on August 17th regarding joint economic activities on Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan.
The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.
They agreed to work to realize economically meaningful projects on the islands as early as possible in a way that will not harm each country’s legal stance.
The presidents of the US and South Korea say an agreement to ramp up sanctions against North Korea is an important step in the push to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.
Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in spoke for an hour by telephone, one day after the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to tighten penalties against the North.
South Korean officials say the leaders shared their concerns over recent developments in North Korea’s missile technology.
Trump and Moon agreed that the only way the international community can change Pyongyang’s attitude is by applying maximum pressure.
Trump tweeted on Sunday night that he was “very happy and impressed” with the 15-0 Security Council vote.