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Japan: Lavrov offers condolences to Japan after Kyushu Island earthquake02:47

Japan: Lavrov offers condolences to Japan after Kyushu Island earthquake

Japan, Tokyo
April 15, 2016 at 14:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Friday, by sending his condolences, following the recent earthquake at Kyushu Island, adding that "we are always ready to help our Japanese neighbours if needed."

Lavrov then moved on to say that both Tokyo and Moscow were in agreement “that Pyongyang must stop taking irresponsible steps” and criticised North Korea by saying that it “must realise its delusionary attempts to make world community accept its nuclear status”.

Lavrov also stated that “Russia believes it is important not to try to use Pyongyang’s unacceptable policy line as a pretext for filling northeast Asia with weapons.” Russian top diplomat particularly emphasised the potential deployment of “a segment of global anti-missile defence of the US”.

Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said there would be more talks on both countries finally concluding a peace treaty over the second world war. He stressed that talks “must continue after the visit of our Prime Minister to Russia”.

The situation on the Korean peninsular escalated after a nuclear weapons' test by Pyongyang in January was followed by the launch of a carrier rocket in February. Later the US started negotiations with South Korea on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile system in the country in order to threat North Korea. Russia however is concerned that it could counter its own nuclear deterrent as well as lead to a strategic imbalance in the region.

Japan: Lavrov offers condolences to Japan after Kyushu Island earthquake02:47
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Friday, by sending his condolences, following the recent earthquake at Kyushu Island, adding that "we are always ready to help our Japanese neighbours if needed."

Lavrov then moved on to say that both Tokyo and Moscow were in agreement “that Pyongyang must stop taking irresponsible steps” and criticised North Korea by saying that it “must realise its delusionary attempts to make world community accept its nuclear status”.

Lavrov also stated that “Russia believes it is important not to try to use Pyongyang’s unacceptable policy line as a pretext for filling northeast Asia with weapons.” Russian top diplomat particularly emphasised the potential deployment of “a segment of global anti-missile defence of the US”.

Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said there would be more talks on both countries finally concluding a peace treaty over the second world war. He stressed that talks “must continue after the visit of our Prime Minister to Russia”.

The situation on the Korean peninsular escalated after a nuclear weapons' test by Pyongyang in January was followed by the launch of a carrier rocket in February. Later the US started negotiations with South Korea on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence missile system in the country in order to threat North Korea. Russia however is concerned that it could counter its own nuclear deterrent as well as lead to a strategic imbalance in the region.

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