Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today that there will only be economic support for North Korea after Pyongyang has met a number of conditions, including denuclearization, the abandonment of its ballistic program and the resolution of the situation of the citizens. Japanese hostages.
"If we can fully solve the problem of the kidnapped Japanese and nuclear and ballistic problem, if we make a clean slate on the miserable past and normalize diplomatic relations, then we can provide economic aid" to North Korea, said the president after a meeting in Vladivostok, on the Russian coast of the Pacific, with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
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Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic relations, and one of the main obstacles to the normalization of their ties is the question of dozens of cases of Japanese citizens who were kidnapped by the regime decades ago, whose resolution is a political priority for the Japanese government.
The North Korean regime recognized in 2002 that it had been kidnapping Japanese citizens for years to teach their spies in Japanese language and culture.
According to Abe, North Korea must also fundamentally reject nuclear weapons, and for this the international community must strictly enforce the UN Security Council resolutions in this respect.
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In this regard, Abe and Putin did not discuss the lifting of sanctions against North Korea at its meeting in Vladivostok, according to the adviser of the Russian President for International Affairs, Yuri Ushakov.
"No, they did not talk about it", he told the reporters after the bilateral meeting on the edge of the Eastern Economic Forum.
Abe traveled to Vladivostok to tackle, among other things, the economy, international affairs and "the problem of signing the peace treaty" between Japan and Russia, pending since the end of the Second World War.
Putin in turn had a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister to strengthen bilateral relations.
"Our countries have lasting bonds, our defense agencies have made contacts for the first time and humanitarian (relations) are improving," Putin said in his comments prior to a meeting with Abe, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.