After Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Kim Jong Un on Thursday, Japan warned towards breaking UN resolutions on arms offers with North Korea.
“We are watching (the talks) with concerns including the possibility that it could lead to violations of the Security Council’s ban on all arms-related material transactions with North Korea,” new International Minister Yoko Kamikawa informed reporters.
There was widespread hypothesis that Putin is searching for arms from North Korea to make use of in his nation’s conflict in Ukraine.
Kamikawa mentioned that the “Russian invasion of Ukraine cannot be accepted”.
She added: “Japan has urged third parties not to provide support to Russian forces. We are watching related activities with concerns.”
Kamikawa, appointed on Wednesday, additionally mentioned Japan will proceed to gather and analyse data and work with the US, South Korea and different nations to make sure full compliance with related United Nations resolutions.
Concerning China, Kamikawa mentioned there have been “many issues and concerns” between the 2 international locations.
Requested about China’s ban on Japanese seafood imports following the discharge of wastewater final month from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, she mentioned Tokyo would “strongly urge China to act responsibly”.
“At the same time, we will continue to engage in dialogue on various issues and cooperate on common challenges,” she mentioned.
“It is important that both sides make efforts to build constructive and stable relations.”