North Korea crisis: Japan PM Abe wants to work with China to resolve it

Published: 09:55 GMT, May 31, 2017 |

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told China’s top diplomat on Wednesday (May 31) that he would like to work with China to try to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.

Abe was meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who in return said he hoped relevant countries would play a constructive role in resolving the issue peacefully.

North Korea has launched a series of missile tests recently, including a short-range ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan on Sunday (May 28).

Yang, who kicked off his visit to Tokyo on Monday (May 29), also met Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Koshida on Tuesday (May 30).

“North Korea is repeating its provocative behavior. To resolve this problem diplomatically and peacefully, we would like to work with China, which has a strong influence over North Korea,” said Abe.