TOKYO - Japan and China will cooperate closely to ensure
that North Korea follows through on its agreement to dismantle its nuclear
weapons programs, Japan's prime minister said Friday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing (L) meets with Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. [AFP]
In a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe commended China's efforts in the six-nation North Korea nuclear talks, the
Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
"Japan will continue cooperation with China and work hard to ensure North
Korea keeps its pledge it made at the six-way talks," Abe told reporters after
meeting with Li.
North Korea agreed earlier this week to close its main nuclear complex
within 60 days and then disable all its nuclear facilities in exchange for the
equivalent of up to 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil and political incentives
from the United States and other regional powers.
It was the first time North Korea agreed to take specific disarmament steps
since talks began in 2003 between China, Japan, the two Koreas, Russia and the
Also Friday, China strengthened its export controls on nuclear technology in
a bid to prevent terrorists from getting hold of nuclear weapons or dangerous
radioactive material, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The one-paragraph
report gave no additional details.