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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday condemned the latest nuclear test by North Korea as a “grave threat” to the region but remained at odds over the path toward its denuclearization.

Abe and Putin also agreed in talks on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok to conduct joint economic activities on disputed islands off Hokkaido in five areas: aquaculture, greenhouse farming, tourism, wind power and waste reduction.

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