Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told visiting U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Saturday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is committed to resolving fully the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, Japanese officials said.
During a meeting on the fringes of a gathering of leaders in Yokohama to discuss African development, Kishida and Ban confirmed plans to continue working closely toward the resolution of the thorny issue, which has been a major obstacle toward normalizing ties between Japan and North Korea.
On North Korea's nuclear and missile development activities, for which the U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on the country, Kishida reiterated Japan's determination not to tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, according to the officials.
On assistance extended to Africa, Ban called for greater support from Japan in ensuring security and combating terrorism in Africa, noting that growth on the continent is impossible without peace and stability.
Kishida met with the U.N. chief on the sidelines of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development that began in the Japanese port city on Saturday, attended by leaders and delegates from about 50 African countries.