North Korea a global threat, says Japan PM
Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 9:54 AM Count : 158
North Korea is now a threat to the global community said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday, who is now visiting the Baltic states.
“We should work closely together to maintain and strengthen a rule of law-based international order on 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.
Abe kicked off his visit in fellow Baltic eurozone state Estonia on Friday, where he also discussed deepening cybersecurity and economic ties.
Abe urged Baltic NATO states to support pressure on North Korea, as he hammered home his hawkish message that Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes pose a global threat, AFP reports.
Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shinzo Abe has insisted on “maximising pressure” on the North.
piefing reporters, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama said that although the threat posed by Pyongyang was “unprecedented”, the full implementation of UN sanctions would have “a very strong effect on North Korea.”
New UN sanctions passed against North Korea last month ban the supply of nearly 75 percent of refined oil products to Pyongyang and cap crude deliveries among other measures.
On Sunday Abe will head to Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas to pay tribute to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved 6,000 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas to allow them to escape war-torn Lithuania.
Abe is the first sitting Japanese leader to visit the Baltic states and will also visit Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania before returning to Tokyo Wednesday.