The Daily Manila Shimbun


Abe seeks int’l unity to stop N. Korea’s provocations

May 28, 2017

TAORMINA, ITALY - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called for international cooperation to stop North Korea's provocations.   "I ask the international community, including China and Russia, for unity and action" over North Korea, Abe said at a press conference after a two-day summit of the Group of Seven major countries in Taormina, Italy.

Over 20 years of efforts to resolve North Korea's problems peacefully have been utilized by the reclusive state to buy time for its nuclear and missile development, he said.
What is now needed is the international community's will to carry through the principles of the rule of law and its action to guarantee the will, he said.
Abe said he was glad that leaders of the G-7--Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States as well as the European Union--presented a unified stance to fight protectionism.
As a standard-bearer for free trade, Japan is resolved to fulfill its leadership, he stressed.
Referring to a bill aimed at criminalizing acts of preparation to commit terrorism, Abe said that his government will continue to explain it in a sincere manner at the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, to ensure its enactment.
The bill won approval from the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, earlier this week.
The prime minister declined to discuss the possibility of extending the ongoing parliamentary session, now set to end on June 18. (Jiji Press)