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Japan’s Abe seeks Baltic support against North Korea

Japan’s Abe seeks Baltic support against North Korea

JIJI PRESS / AFP / STR
Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Eastern Europe
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday urged Baltic NATO states to support pressure on North Korea, as he hammered home his message that Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs pose a global threat. Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shinzo Abe has insisted on “maximizing pressure” on the North.
“We are working closely together to maintain and strengthen a rule of law on the basis of North Korea, which is now a threat to the global community,” Abe told reporters in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius. His Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis voiced support as did Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis with whom Abe met earlier in the day in Latvia’s capital Riga. Briefing reporters, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama said that the threat posed by Pyongyang was “unprecedented,” the full implementation of sanctions would have “a very strong effect on North Korea.” New sanctions passed against North Korea 75% of refined oil products to Pyongyang and cape crude deliveries among other measures. Abe kicked off his visit in Fellow Baltic eurozone state Estonia on Friday, where he also discussed deepening cybersecurity and economic ties. Japan is keen to raise its profile in China bolsters its ties there. China is pushing its massive $ 1 trillion “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which seeks to build rail, sea and road links from Asia to Europe in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes. Chiun Sugihara, who saved 6,000 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas to allow them to escape war-torn Lithuania. Be the first sitting in Japan, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania before returning to Tokyo Wednesday.

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