Aso calls on Vietnam to back U.N. resolution on N. Korea

LIMA, Nov. 21 (AP) – (Kyodo)—Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso asked Vietnam on Friday to vote in favor of a U.N. resolution calling on North Korea to improve its human rights situation, a Japanese official said.

During a bilateral meeting in Lima, Aso told Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet that Japan wants to have sufficient support for the resolution to be adopted because North Korea’s decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals is a serious issue.

“I would like to have cooperation from Vietnam,” the senior foreign ministry official quoted Aso as saying during the 45-minute meeting, held ahead of the weekend summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Peruvian capital.

The Vietnamese president responded, “I am very aware of the issue and will seriously consider” the request, according to the official.

A draft resolution demanding that North Korea end suspected human rights abuses has been submitted to the U.N. General Assembly every year since 2005. For the past three years, Vietnam has voted against adopting the resolution.

This year’s resolution is expected to be adopted next month.


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