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Abe, Modi united over pressuring N. Korea

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a ground-breaking ceremony of a high-speed rail project in Ahmedabad, India, on Thursday.

Jiji PressGANDHINAGAR, India (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, called for maximizing international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile development, at a summit in the western India city of Gandhinagar on Thursday.

At their 10th meeting, the two leaders confirmed their countries’ commitment to fully implementing the United Nations Security Council resolutions, including one adopted this week in the wake of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, carried out on Sept. 3.

The latest sanctions resolution features limits on crude oil exports to the reclusive country.

Abe and Modi agreed to set up a public-private working group for the transfer of Japan’s nuclear plant technology to India, in line with a bilateral nuclear cooperation treaty that took effect in July.

In apparent reference to China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean, as well as the East China Sea and the South China Sea, Abe and Modi reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation and agreed to promote cooperation on maritime security among the two countries, plus the United States.

In addition, the two leaders held talks on exports of US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force to India and bilateral research cooperation in the field of defense robotics, including unmanned ground vehicles.

The two countries agreed that Japan will provide India with ¥190 billion in loans, including for the development of a high-speed railway line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in western India based on Japan’s Shinkansen system.

To promote personnel exchanges, the two governments agreed to share a goal of training 1,000 Indian people as Japanese-language teachers over the next five years, and promote the liberalization of commercial aviation.

Abe’s ongoing visit to the South Asian country is part of the two countries’ top-level “shuttle diplomacy” in which their leaders make reciprocal visits.Speech

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