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Russia And Japan Want Serious Response To N. Korea


Military officers celebrate the second successful nuclear test at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on May 26

Military officers celebrate the second successful nuclear test at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on May 26

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso have agreed on the need for a serious response to this week's nuclear test by North Korea, the Kremlin said on May 30.

The two leaders had a telephone conversation about North Korea's nuclear explosion, short-range missile launches, and declarations about resumption of its nuclear program, it said in a statement.

"The parties shared the view that there is a need to most seriously respond to these steps, representing a challenge to the international security system," the statement said.

They said they would coordinate on proposals to be included in a new UN resolution, it added.

On May 28, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said Russia did not object to a UN Security Council resolution on North Korea's nuclear test this week, but believed it was too early to talk about possible penalties.
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