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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, agreed Thursday in Paris to strengthen cooperation in response to the global coronavirus pandemic and over maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The ministers also confirmed close cooperation in monitoring activities at sea to prevent North Korean vessels from engaging in illicit ship-to-ship cargo transfers, which are seen as a method of evading U.N. sanctions on the country over its missile and nuclear programs, the ministry said.

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