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Nakasone seeks Thai backing for North resolution

PHUKET, Thailand (Kyodo) Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone met Wednesday with his Thai counterpart, Kasit Piromya, and stressed the need to steadily implement a new U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at punishing North Korea for its nuclear test in May, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two ministers also signed a bilateral treaty on prisoner transfers to allow inmates to serve out their sentences in their home countries, the ministry said.

The 15-minute meeting was held on the sidelines of talks involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their dialogue partners on the Thai resort island of Phuket. Thailand is now serving as the chair of ASEAN.

On North Korea, Nakasone stressed the importance of seeking a comprehensive resolution to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, as well as its abductions of Japanese nationals.

“We should steadily implement the U.N. Security Council resolution and make clear that we will never accept (North Korea) possessing nuclear (weapons) and developing ballistic missiles,” Nakasone was quoted as telling Kasit.

Kasit “showed understanding” to Nakasone’s remarks, and said he hopes for a “constructive discussion” during Thursday’s regional security forum, which also includes North Korea and the United States, according to the ministry.

Unlike Thailand, Japan does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Asia-Pacific summit KYODO Japan will host an Asia-Pacific summit Nov. 13 and 14, 2010, in Yokohama, the government said, releasing a schedule for a series of events under its upcoming chairing of the regional forum.

The summit will follow by two days a ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum also in Yokohama, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

The announcement came as APEC trade ministers held a two-day meeting that started Tuesday in Singapore, the current chair of the 21-member body.

The series of events with Japan as the chair will start with an APEC symposium in Tokyo on Dec. 9 and 10, METI said.

Following some senior official-level sessions, trade ministers are to meet in Sapporo next June 5 and 6, while energy ministers are expected to meet that same month in Fukui Prefecture.

Ministers in charge of tourism are slated to meet in Nara Prefecture on Sept. 22 and 23, 2010.