Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, and called for international efforts to maximize pressure on Pyongyang.

Abe and Modi, who held talks in Gandhinagar, the capital of the western India state of Gujarat, also agreed to promote defense and maritime security cooperation between their countries amid China's assertive activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

In a statement released after the summit, their 10th in three years, the two leaders urged North Korea to "abandon nuclear and ballistic missile development and refrain from any provocative act" after it conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 following its launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japan in late August.