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Japan, Estonia won’t accept a nuclear N. Korea

Jiji Press TALLINN (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas, agreed Friday to never accept a nuclear North Korea.

In their meeting in Tallinn, Abe and Ratas also confirmed the need to fully enforce the U.N. and European Union sanctions against North Korea.

The two leaders also agreed to establish a public-private forum between Japan and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to discuss cooperation in a wide range of fields, including information technology and cyberdefense, goods distribution and medicine.

Abe and Ratas confirmed bilateral cooperation on cyberdefense, in which Estonia has strong expertise.

They decided that Japan will send experts to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Tallinn to join research and exercises.

“We agreed on the need to never accept a nuclear North Korea and to maximize pressure on the country,” Abe said at a joint press conference after the summit.

In the meeting, Abe explained the issue of abductions of Japanese and other foreign nationals by North Korea. Ratas said foreign nationals abducted to North Korea and held there must be released so that they can return home.

Meanwhile, Ratas underlined the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia over the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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