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Japan, Peru vow to cooperate on seeking new North Korea U.N. sanctions

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski agreed Friday to cooperate in adopting a new U.N. Security Council resolution that imposes tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its fifth and largest nuclear test in September.

Abe and Kuczynski condemned “in the strongest terms” the two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches North Korea has carried out this year, and demanded that the country refrain from conducting further provocative acts, the leaders said in a joint statement issued after their meeting in Lima.

They also agreed to step up efforts to achieve early implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade pact involving the two countries and 10 other Pacific Rim economies, the statement said.

They agreed the trade deal, which U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said he will scrap once he takes office in January, is important — both commercially and strategically — in ensuring stability and prosperity for the Asia-Pacific region.

The leaders called for a “more legitimate, effective and representative” U.N. Security Council and Kuczynski reiterated Peru’s support for Japan’s bid to become a permanent member of a reformed Security Council.

They also recognized the importance of swiftly implementing the Paris climate accord involving about 200 countries in the fight against global warming.

On the bilateral front, the leaders agreed to increase cooperation in various areas as “strategic partners” whose countries share universal values such as freedom, democracy, the rule of law and basic human rights, according to the statement.

As part of efforts to strengthen economic ties, they decided to launch talks for concluding a bilateral tax treaty. Abe expressed interest in Japan’s participation in building infrastructure in Peru such as the transport sector in Lima and surrounding areas.

Abe and Kuczynski also acknowledged contributions by Japanese Peruvians to the development of Peru. At present, about 100,000 Japanese Peruvians reside in the country, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Abe arrived in the Peruvian capital Friday for a two-day summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday.