Abe holds telephone talks with Vietnam's PM Dung

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung agreed during telephone talks on Thursday that the nations will work together toward resolving the long-standing issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

During the roughly 20-minute talks, Abe said he is determined to fully resolve the abduction issue during his tenure, and called for Vietnam's support, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Expressing his sympathy to those abducted by North Korea, Dung said Hanoi would like to cooperate with Tokyo, the ministry added.

The telephone talks came after Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, visited Vietnam earlier this week to seek help from the Southeast Asian country, which has diplomatic ties with North Korea.

"I understand we won support for our stance toward the abduction issue when Mr. Furuya visited there, and the two countries have agreed to cooperate further by sharing information," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference when asked about the telephone talks.

Dung also congratulated Abe on the election victory last month that allowed the Abe-led Liberal Democratic Party to regain control of the upper house with its coalition partner New Komeito party.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam.