Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Japan, ASEAN leaders meet to discuss 'free and open' regional order

Japan, ASEAN leaders meet to discuss 'free and open' regional order

"In the 50 years ahead, we want to lead together with ASEAN, which faces both the Indian and Pacific oceans, the development of a free and open worldwide order based on the rule of law, building on (ASEAN's) development so far", Abe said.

"We condemn the continued posturing of North Korea with the nuclear weapons", the President added.

Abe said Pyongyang continues to hurl "rhetorical provocations" against the United States and its regional allies.

This statement was echoed by Japan Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama, who told media at a press briefing the global community must create conditions that leave North Korea with "no other choice" but to seek dialogue with other nations.

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono last month had said that Tokyo favours the quadrilateral dialogue to further boost strategic partnership among the four countries.

"We should create a situation in which North Korea comes to us to ask for dialogue in exchange for changing their policies", Abe said.

"I think defense authorities may have a different angle, though", Sugiyama added. Five of the 17 were repatriated in 2002.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said an nearly two-month pause in North Korean missile tests was no indication that it had halted its weapons development, insisting it was too early for any talks with the regime.

According to Duterte, Kim should realize that he would be responsible in case the nuclear activities in his country cause the world's destruction.

"Peace and stability have underpinned the prosperity of billions of people over many decades and we're going to work together to ensure we maintain it", the prime minister said.

"I can assure you that in the matter of the interest of your country and mine, we are supporting you against what North Korea is doing", Duterte told Abe.

Abe, in a meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam on Saturday, hailed a "fresh start" to the relationship between Asia's two biggest economies and military powers, including cooperation on North Korea.

Condemning Pyongyang's human rights record, Trump said in the speech, "We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies". Japan relaxed its sanctions on Pyongyang, which in turn promised a full-scale investigation into the abductions.

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